Last year at this time, people were gathering together to celebrate the day with family, friends and neighbors. Perhaps you opted to spend it alone or in a smaller setting. Maybe you attended a multi-family event. You may have traveled to meet up with distant relatives. Regardless of who you spent it with, where you went or what you did, it was a decision you made that felt right at the time. Did you take a moment to say thanks for the opportunity to celebrate it the way you wanted? Probably not. This year is a completely different situation where the health crisis has set the tone for the day. People are discouraged from gathering with anyone who isn’t from their household. But it’s okay because there are still things to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, let all of us appreciate the gifts we have, the people we’re able to celebrate with and the ability to partake in the day’s festivities in whatever shape they may take because we don’t know what tomorrow may bring.
Please take time today to enjoy the company of the people you’re with. Play games and share stories or memories. Most important, make time to call or have group video chats with family and friends whom you cannot spend the day with! We should be thankful for all our hidden blessings and let the people we care about know they’re at the top of that list.
From all of us to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving!