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A Mom's Thoughts Before The Turkey Slides In The Oven

Columnist Christine Berry MacKenzie reflects on Thanksgiving traditions.

These days it often seems like time passes more and more quickly. Family life is hectic, parents and kids are busier than ever and, oftentimes, there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that we, as moms, don’t always make the time to enjoy the same traditions that we did when we were kids.

Holidays come and go quickly and, sometimes, Thanksgiving seems to have become nothing more than the day before the “silly season” of Christmas  shopping begins. Let’s face it, Christmas decorations seem to be going up
earlier and earlier every year and, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we
often seem to be so programmed into the upcoming holiday stress that we forget exactly what we should be giving thanks for.

I, for one, however, work hard to maintain a “No Christmas” rule until after we have celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.  Now, before anyone accuses me of being the local Scrooge, it’s not that I don’t love Christmas. Fact is that, as much as I enjoy Christmas, I also value Thanksgiving and, frankly, hate to see it lost in the shuffle.

Let’s face it. Thanksgiving is a unique holiday. It’s not a religious holiday or a gift giving occasion.  Instead, Thanksgiving is a truly American celebration. Thanksgiving is about moms, dads, children, families and friends taking the time to sit down together and remember just how lucky they are. It’s about
teaching our children to respect the sacrifices that our forefather’s made to be in this country and about realizing how lucky we are to be here too.

Sometimes in the rush of everyday life we, as moms, forget just how important it is to remind our kids that not everyone is as lucky as they are.  We simply don’t always take the time to teach them to be thankful for all that they have. Sad reality is, sometimes, we don’t take the time to be thankful ourselves. Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to all of us to slow down, remember what we have and enjoy spending time with loved ones.

If you drive by my house on Friday you will, undoubtedly see full Christmas decorating underway. The whole family will be stringing lights, hanging decorations and getting ready for the next holiday. Until then, however, we are focused on being thankful, enjoying a turkey dinner with family and, of course, watching a whole lot of football.

Bob November 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Amen Christine! We are the same! Christmas music starts on the way "home from grandma's house". Not before and I avoid store aisles that have Christmas stuff until the day after T-Day! I will also boycott any store/chain that opens Thanksgiving for Christmas shopping!
donna rosenblatt November 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Good article Christine! I hear the Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over! We also work to remind our kids to be Thankful every day for the good things in their life. Enjoy your Holiday season!
malcolm nichols November 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Enjoy the journey, it's your life.

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