Last night my husband pulled in from a very long day on the road (thanks to traffic in New York City), traveling to pick up my college daughter bringing her home for Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you what a feeling of completion it is to have her in our home again. The cheer that runs through my mind is that we are 6 again!
Today most of my family is going to attend the Yale-Harvard game – a big deal where we are. Football on a cool Fall day is a great way to start off the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving in our home this year will be really quiet. Over the past years, we have hosted 20+ people with several tables spread throughout our home. That has come with piles and piles of food, great conversation and lots of energy. That energy has become as much a part of the holiday as the decorations and place settings. But with a huge chunk of our friends moving away, we find ourselves starting over. This year, we will celebrate with two great friends.
We asked a lot of people to join us (we probably made 40 invites to various friends), but everyone is understandably committed to their friends and family. So maybe we’ll just open our front door and see who stumbles in!
As we look at a new landscape of seasonal celebrating, we find that we’re thankful for so much.
* My daughter is back home from college!!!!!!
* Our home is warm and lovely.
* All of us are healthy.
* We have a full refrigerator and the capacity to make amazing food.
* We have great friends spread throughout the country with whom we will be celebrating – even if long distance.
I pray that your Thanksgiving is energetic and peaceful at the same time, filled with family and friends, and a creator of amazing life-long memories. As you prepare for the festivities, keep you focus on gratitude and love. You are blessed!