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Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM

What place will Thanksgiving have this year?

I’ve written several times of how I feel perhaps one of the most necessary of holidays — the one where we are supposed to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have — is going to be lost in the commercial frenzy known as Christmas shopping season.

Stores are already offering Black Friday pricing to move as much merchandise as they can before the dreaded Christmas markdown. After all, they lose a whole week of sales this year. Trees and tinsel have popped up everywhere.

But in my little corner of the world, I’m plotting and planning that special meal that brings our families and loved ones together for food, fellowship and yes, football.

This year is a little more special than most. My husband’s sister and her family will be here. I haven’t seen them in almost three years and it’s about time.

The turkey will roast and fill the house with that delectable, mouth-watering smell. The potatoes will be bubbling on the stove and the deviled eggs will disappear before the meal hits the serving dishes.

We’ll bow our heads and say a prayer of thanks for all who are around our table and those who could not be there for whatever reason.

My sisters-in-law, mother-in-law and I will chat while we clean the table, put away leftovers and do the dishes.

The men will head into the living room to watch a game and soon the soft contented sound of snoring will waft into the kitchen.

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Thanksgiving will be a tough holiday for some, too. A Thanksgiving feast may be out of reach and some will find little to be thankful for. But it’s the little things we need to give thanks for.

If you are breathing, be thankful. Many will face a Thanksgiving with one or more empty chairs.

If you have a roof over your head, be thankful. Many are homeless.

If you have food, be thankful. Many people are wondering where their next meal will come from.

If you have a job, rejoice. You all know what it’s like out there.

If you have your health, dance.

There is always someone else who has less.

Counting all those little blessings add up to something big!

 

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