Thanksgiving Day is 2 days away. I have hosted Thanksgiving for most of the last 19 years. I really do have it down to a science. However, as I sit here mentally planning and scheduling and making lists, 20 profound questions for Thanksgiving Day come to mind.
- Can you put cheese AND hummus on a cracker, or does it have to be one or the other? What about the sausage?
- When did green bean casserole become a Thanksgiving necessity? The pilgrims certainly didn't eat it.
- Fry it, roast it or grill it? (The turkey, that is).
- Spike the punch early in case the food isn't great and they won't taste it anyway, or spike it later, so they won't remember?
- On Thanksgiving, is a BLT bacon, lettuce and turkey?
- Fresh or frozen? (Again, the turkey. Hopefully, not the guests).
- Stuff it or not? (THE TURKEY!)
- Is it soda or pop?
- If it is already a sweet potato, why do we add marshmallows to it to make it sweeter?
- Who sits at the head of the table? It's my house, dangit.
- Pumpkin, Pecan or minced meat?
- Do the "crack them on the counter" crescent rolls count as homemade?
- Coffee, tea or ..... don't ask, don't ask, don't ask.....
- When do they get old enough to no longer qualify for the "kid table?"
- Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special or a football game?
- Should I scold my husband when he sits like Al Bundy?
- In the midst of the L-tryptophan and carbs overload called Thanksgiving dinner, do I really need to make the green veggie no one is going to eat?
- Who decided it was OK to combine Cool Whip and Jell-O making the whole deal look like congealed body fluids?
- Family or friends as guests?
And the last of Thanksgiving Day's most profound questions:
20. Who has the right to the leftovers? I say the cook. Period.
In all seriousness, though, let's remember those around us that may be lonely, that may not have anywhere to go, or anyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with.
Perhaps, it's the newly divorced mom, or dad that doesn't have the kids for the day.
Maybe it's your recently widowed neighbor that has no where to go for the day.
Reach out. Invite someone you wouldn't normally invite. Break bread with friends and family; share your blessings.
If you aren't comfortable bringing people in, please share whatever blessings you can by donating food, or money to a local food pantry or ministry that serves the hungry.
Don't shop on Thanksgiving Day. Let the employees stay home with their families. The businesses wouldn't open if there wasn't a demand for it.
Most of all, really take a look around your life and choose to find at least some small thing to be truly thankful for. Many, if not most of us, have a great deal to be thankful for. I know I do.
What profound questions do you have for Thanksgiving Day?
Isaiah 58:7-8 (NIV)
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
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