Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving sure has changed..

Last night Joe and I were talking about Thanksgiving.  I realized I don't have a lot of great memories from Thanksgiving because to me that long weekend meant my friends were going to be gone, and I have never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving type food (including pumpkin pie).  Also, my sister didn't always spend the holiday with us and she is a huge part of my life.

We are spending Thanksgiving tomorrow with my aunt, uncles, and my parents, sister and my cousin.  I'm looking forward to it, but sad that my cousin and her husband and girls won't be with us.  Grandpa also passed away recently, and while he hasn't been with us for Thanksgiving for the last several years, it's still sad he won't be around in general.   My inlaws also don't live nearby anymore and I miss them this time of year especially. 

I'm really saddened by how many people will be working on Thanksgiving day.  It's sad that instead of giving thanks, many will be at work because others will be taking advantage of crazy early holiday sales.  When did this change so drastically? As a kid, I don't remember anything being open for Thanksgiving shopping.  I found myself really annoyed with all the sales ads I got in my email inbox today.  I'm grateful Joe doesn't have a job that requires him to work Thanksgiving day.  

Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday but this year I am reminded to hold my family close, enjoy our silly moments together, and cherish the (annoying) phases Dawson is going through.  (Nothing like a 2 year old telling you that you do things 'wrong').   And I'll be grateful that I get to spend it with my best friends too :) 

Last year we were moving into our house on Thanksgiving and it was spent at Shari's with my mom and sister.  I didn't realize how lucky I am to get a real Thanksgiving meal with lots of family until last year when it was purely convenience. (We did have a feast together, just not ON Thanksgiving day)
  I guess you don't know what you've got until it's not there sometimes!  Ah, how things change!

Happy Thanskgiving everyone! Enjoy your day! 


  1. I hear you, it makes me sad to think about Black Friday, let alone people shopping ON Thanksgiving. I have met some people who worked in retail and said they made good money doing it, and were happy to do it. People are out spending money, so the stores will keep doing it unfortunately. Hopefully they can handle it calmly, with no stampedes!
    I do feel bad for families of doctors, police, military families, etc., who work and/or are on call on the holidays. They don't have a choice. Glad you have your family there, sorry about Grandpa. I lost my Dad just before Thanksgiving last year, and like you said even if you didn't spend the previous holidays with them, you still miss family at this time. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I worked black friday when I worked retail. I loved it, the pay was great and they always brought us in great food etc. My dad had to work most holidays growing up, now he's retired but lives 2500 miles away from me. Sorry about your Grandpa I lost my mother when my oldest was 9 days old, so I know how hard it can be to not spent holidays with loved ones. I hope your Thanksgiving turned out better than you thought it would :)