This never-ending weekend full of thanks CAN’T come to an end!
It is Cyber Monday night. I have nothing to sell and nothing to promote.
I do however, have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Throughout this weekend, my eyes were open once again to the many special people, memories, and possessions I have in my life.
We had 19 family members over to our house for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. And as I look back on the day now, I can happily say it was a raving success. But the food of the day was only one small section of what turned into such a great weekend.
Last Wednesday, taking a vacation day from a job I am extremely grateful for, I started the never-ending weekend of thanks. Family was driving into town from all over the Northeast, and the food preparation had begun. My cousins were the first to arrive and helped tremendously in prepping most of the main courses for the following day.
But the laughter and camaraderie in the kitchen was more important and more memorable than the food.
We cut, sliced, mixed, measured, and sautéed for the better part of the afternoon. We went for an entertaining trip to the liquor store. And then took a small detour to watch the sun slowly fade behind the clouds over the Chesapeake Bay. We ate Chinese takeout together, and watched Elf. We crowded around the small table in the kitchen – and laughed about a never-ending game of UNO.
And on Thursday morning, between the onions in the pan, the brined turkey in the oven, and the cranberry sauce in the crockpot, our house was full of delicious smells and holiday music. The rest of the family showed up, and between the laughter, drinks, food and football – it was an incredibly special day.
And so begins my list of thanks.
I am so thankful for my family – who traveled from hundreds of miles to gather together in our house. If there was no food, and only their laughter and smiles filled the dining room, my day would have been full of happiness.
I am so grateful for our home – for I know there are many who have a house, but not a home. We have worked hard to earn money to pay for our house, but the love & laughter my wife and boys (and family this weekend!) have shared within the walls of this “house” have truly turned it into a home.
I am so very thankful our family that was not able to make it to our house, still got together with other friends and family and enjoyed the day.
I am thankful for board games, and all of the competitive spirit that goes with them.
I am so appreciative for our health, and the ability to run around with my kids outside, and play basketball and swing on swings.
I am thankful my son helped me set the table and only asked me for $1 to write out ALL of the place settings.
I am even thankful for this terrifying creature…
And the Never-ending weekend of thanks continued when we got to see Santa on Saturday, and get a Christmas tree!
I am full of gratitude for the tons of friends who shared messages, pictures and stories over the weekend.
I could not be more thankful for leftovers, as everyone knows there is no greater sandwich than turkey, stuffing and cranberry on an Italian roll.
I could go on and on.
I am pretty sure this website does not have enough room for me to list everything I am thankful for, but you get the idea.
The Thanksgiving holiday, which now seems overrun with ads for sales, and traffic reports, and recipes, has lost what I believe to be the most important part of the next 6 weeks (and honestly how we should all be living each and every day).
In this day and age, where everything is speeding up, I challenge everyone to SLOW DOWN.
Listen. Look people in the eye. Sit back. Read a book. Watch a movie. Hug. Enjoy the simple things, like your favorite holiday song or an Italian roll and butter for breakfast.
Most importantly, tell the people in your life you are thankful for them.
And then come on over, as I will still be celebrating the never-ending weekend of thanks!