If you’ve ever heard me talk about the holidays that I personally dislike (e.g. the “candy” holidays – Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.), you may have wondered which holiday is my favorite. That’s easy. It’s THANKSGIVING! And I’ll tell you why. The holiday season is here and for me, that consists of 3 special days… Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Each one has a specific meaning for me.
Christmas is a time of memories of my childhood when my family was together with all the fantastic dinners, gifts, and laughter. I’ve heard people say “Christmas is for kids” and I tend to agree. There’s also a little sadness involved knowing that those good times in the past will never return. I don’t usually mope around, but I have.
New Year’s Day is an occasion for renewal, for looking forward, for the future. I’m always optimistic that each year will be better than the last. I’m not big on resolutions, but I do think about new things I’d like to do, try, or learn about.
Thanksgiving is a moment when I appreciate the present – all of the abundance in my life, all of my family and friends, all of the music around me, and all of my stuff. It’s when my heart fills to the brim with joy for everything I have right now. I do my best to be grateful everyday, but on Thanksgiving, I take time to review all of the love and goodness I sometimes take for granted. I am so blessed.
And I am thankful for all of you who read the posts, that have signed up on the email list, that come to the libraries, that have bought a CD (or three), that have enjoyed the music. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful day filled with lots of love, laughter, and leftovers for the weekend. Have an extra piece of pumpkin pie for me. And as the song says, thank you for everything.