It’s been awhile since I’ve communicated from heaven. I know, I know… Every blog you follow, at some point, will have a lull in publishing and they begin a new post with “I haven’t blogged in awhile…” I apologize for my internet absence, but furry angels get busy and sidetracked too.
I actually penned a blog not too long ago addressing the elephant in the room: gun laws. The post was meant as a call to discussion, but sadly there are gun owners who would like to “use their second amendment rights on the leftist dog” and I was forced to delete the entire post. Thankfully, the over-the-top comments landed in moderation or spam, as I wouldn’t want my readers to experience negative vibes. But, alas, I am back!
Thanksgiving weekend is already a week past and I am still counting my blessings. Thanksgiving is just a day, but the focus of the holiday should be felt all year long. I believe the world would be a better place if each and every day love and reverence were felt towards family and loved ones. 365 days of gratitude!
The other angels and I have a difficult time understanding the urge to spend, spend, spend on the days following gratitude day. It’s disconcerting that bipeds feel the need for more things instead of reveling in their gratitude for what they have. Friends, family, health, a soft place to lay your head at night, puppies, breath, life… what more could a human need?
More bothersome is the push to spend sooner, cutting into family time and the much beloved post turkey lounge-fest. Thanksgiving is the only truly communal holiday in the US. The only holiday with shared traditions that span religions, ethnicity and income levels.
It’s a shame to see big box retailers luring shoppers away from their families with the promise of once in a lifetime deals. Is a discount on an imported gadget really more meaningful than an extra piece of grandma’s pumpkin pie? Than conversation with little seen relatives around the table? Than cheering on your favorite football team with your siblings?
We participated in Small Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday this year. We still found deals, discovered locally made treasures and didn’t miss out on a minute of holiday time. Maybe, communally, we can start a new Thanksgiving tradition: returning to old traditions — returning to a day of gratitude and savoring family and food.
Did your long Thanksgiving weekend involve family or frenzy? Please share!