Why I Don’t Need Thanksgiving

Don’t let the title fool you. To be clear, I am in no way insulting anyone who enjoys Thanksgiving and what it represents to so many people. It’s good to be thankful for the things that you have. I just don’t need a Thursday in November to do it. Now, don’t get me wrong, as I’m sure I’ll have a wonderful day today. I’m lucky enough to have my children for Thanksgiving this year. My brother and sister and her family are in town and we’re all having a nice little gathering at my mother’s house and it will be lovely. It’s nice when we can all get together. I love seeing my daughters play with my two nephews. But guess what, I was just as thankful for it the last time. Sure, I’ll enjoy a day off of work. I’ll enjoy a nice meal. But I’m also not a big food guy, so the allure of the huge Thanksgiving feast really doesn’t do anything for me. Some of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had have involved pizza or pizza rolls, but if the feast is your thing, go nuts.

Okay, I’m not going to drag this on and on, so I’ll close with this. If you find it necessary to do the thirty day thankful list, knock yourself out. I’ve actually found it quite amusing to see some of the things that people are thankful for, but in a good way. It’s good to be appreciative of even the smallest of things. Just don’t let it be dictated by a ridiculous holiday that tells you that you have to do something, and especially one whose origin is based on savagery. But I digress. I am a lucky man to have everything that I do. I thank my lucky stars every time I look into the eyes of my daughters. I have so many people in my life that I love. People I would do anything for and people that would do the same for me. And these are the things and the people that I think about every single day of the year, not just today. And for that, I’m thankful.

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