I love this holiday. We get to focus on the festivities without feeling guilty about missing "the bigger picture." To me, the festivities are the big picture - the foods we eat, the company we keep, the preparations to honor both. We're thankful for this bounty on our table, these guests around it. And leftovers to look forward to don't hurt!
And Thanksgiving does not have to mean excess. It doesn't have to mean driving yourself crazy making 10 side dishes and 6 kinds of pie. In fact, in a way, I think that kind of perverts the spirit of the holiday. I believe Thanksgiving should be a time of deliberate consciousness - of being aware of all our blessings, whatever they may be. And gnashing your teeth over preparations for a 12-course dinner that leaves you and your guests lying on the floor in a pie coma is not exactly conducive to that.
Eat turkey or tofu, have sweet potatoes and stuffing, indulge in pie, watch the parade, go for a walk ~ and enjoy it all. But remember that the simpler you make it, the easier it will be to focus on exactly what you have to be grateful for.
I'm writing this down so I can remind myself when it's time to start cooking.
What are you thankful for today?