Thanksgiving 101 to Prevent a Thanksgiving 911

It’s Monday before Thanksgiving. Some of us are wrapping up work, preparing to travel to our loved/loathed ones (Circle correct word).

Some of have already made it to their family and friends. Some are scurrying around getting ready to host a crew. (Lord help you!) Others are already camped out for Black Friday (and that is a whole other blog.)

I’m not judging. Believe me. I’ve been the cause of some family fiascos over my young life (emphasis on young). I’m sure the day is coming when the nieces and nephews will ban all recording devices (to reduce the risk of public embarrassment) and bolt down the furniture (hence the banning of recording devices) before Crazy Aunt Laurie, I mean Uncle Mark, comes to town.

The “to do” lists are long and tension builds as Thanksgiving gets closer. So I thought I’d share a little more Thanksgiving 101 in order to prevent a Thanksgiving 911.

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Thanksgiving is a day we all come together but if we’re not careful, it’s a day that can divide us into teams…

Pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie.

Deep-fried turkey vs. roasted turkey (or even ham!)

Dressed to impress vs. game-day garb.

Here’s a biggie…

Busy-bees (not to be confused with busy-bodies) vs. slackers (not to be confused with couch-potatoes in front of football).

Here’s the thing – there is no right or wrong way to do Thanksgiving. To some it’s about the food. To others it’s about the game. To some it’s about being together. To others it’s about having some time off.

But…there is a principle that I believe that can bring the two teams together.

Remember that it’s ThanksGIVING – not ThanksRECEIVING.

When we focus on giving thanks instead of receiving thanks it helps us take our eyes off of ourselves. Life is too short to let a personal preference to kill a relationship.

Make both pies.

Try a new meat.

If you’re a football widow – take you’re hubby a drink as he watches the game. If you’re hoarding the TV, take various breaks to join the Marthas in the kitchen.

Don’t forget to praise the cooks for the food.

Don’t bring your gadgets to the table. Live fully in the moment. You never know when it will be your last together.

Most important – be thankful and give thanks freely.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says it best.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

Okay my friends – I’m officially going on Thanksgiving break and will check back in next week. I pray your week is filled with joy, love and a grateful heart.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to thank God for His generous blessings!

What helps you have a thankful heart?

Do you have any Thanksgiving 101 tips to share with us?





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