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Post-Thanksgiving Thanks

After spending a quiet day at my parent’s house, it is clear to me that I have much to be thankful for. Every thanksgiving we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Let me tell you, previous years have been much better. The floats, balloons, and most performances were great. However, this year I felt that the singing performances were not as great. That’s just a personal opinion of mine. I still enjoyed it and so did the kids.

We also watched the El Paso Sun Bowl Parade. I’m really impressed with the floats this year. I heard at the beginning of the parade, they hired an artist who drew sketches and planned the floats. They didn’t waste their money, that’s for sure. The floats were put together well and the detail was very good.

As a family, we enjoyed the original Santa Clause (1985). I really enjoy the older movies during the holiday season.

As I helped my mom in the kitchen peeling potatoes, cubing cheese, and making sure all the food was presentable and delicious, it occurred to me that we had been blessed this year. Many are dealing with loss, or are grieving. Some are lonely or disconnected. Many are sick and even a friend’s brother died. All in the span of that thankful day.

The thing that I’m most thankful for is my kids. They really are the light of the holiday. They always make me smile. The excitement on their faces, the laughs, the wildness. This year, we were short kids because of covid, but we still had a good time.

I gathered food and delivered it to my sister’s who were across the street. They appreciated the food and I got to see them and talk to them through the door. It’s no fun being isolated but I’m glad they are not alone.

I enjoyed the table talk, the enjoyment of games, of catching up with those whom we rarely get to see. Thanksgiving and many holidays in our family usually consists of food, games, movies, music, and lots and lots of talking and laughter. I am thankful for all of these things and I’m really looking forward to Christmas.

This is my favorite time of the year.

What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Let me know and enjoy the rest of your week.

Until next time,

Ruth

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