Logan here wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving! This is a wonderful opportunity to stop and realize what is important in your life and refocus on family and food. Many people get a day or two off so you hopefully have some time to spend with family. Also, since food is a big focus of Thanksgiving so this is a great time to reexamine your thoughts on what you are putting into your body and think about healthy eating. How ever you choose to spend your time, I hope it is good.
I find it unfortunate that there is so much focus on turkey for Thanksgiving. With all the other traditional side dishes we never miss the turkey and always feel full. We have made an effort to create our own family traditions around the meal without the turkey. We have the typical fare of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing (if using store-bought, check the ingredients – not all are vegetarian), and green beans. One year we tried to cook a tofurkey and it was a unanimous failure – we all hated it. Our vegan friend swore that tofurkey really was great and that we needed the tofurkey gravy, but I don’t think any of us are willing to try it again. I have also heard of other families that make a tradition out of trying new recipes for main dish turkey-replacers. What ever you choose to do, it is a good opportunity to build family traditions.
I also find it unfortunate that Thanksgiving now gets overshadowed by the beginning of the Christmas holiday season and the hype of the black Friday shopping. As a non-Christian it seems like we are overwhelmed by people who think that everyone celebrates Christmas. I’m not looking forward to another month of cashiers wishing me a merry Christmas and having to decide to either tell them I don’t celebrate or just grit my teeth and respond with a yielding nod.
Anyway, the real think to focus on for Thanksgiving is exactly what the holiday is named for – giving thanks. It is a wonderful time to stop and think about what we are really thankful for. I suggest you take this time to think about what you are thankful for, what you want from life, and how you can get there. Stay positive, and be thankful.