A few thoughts on Thanksgiving, Franksgiving, parades and cranwords

Thanksgiving 2016 comes at a time when many people are worried about the future and are feeling despair due to the recent events this fall.

But enough about the Cleveland Browns fans.

Meanwhile, the rest the country seems to be either horrified or thrilled with the recent election. But while we have a lot of different opinions and plenty of strife, it’s actually a great time to have Thanksgiving.

We all have plenty to be thankful for, and here are a few items I am thankful for about Thanksgiving.

Family – Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family, or even just to talk to them on the phone. And while many worry that they may not agree with some family members politically this year, it’s important to remember that you probably didn’t agree with a few of your relatives about several things last year, so just go with it. For example, I have some relatives who don’t care for WWE Superstar John Cena, but I have tried not to let it ruin Thanksgiving (again).

Thursday – I love that this holiday is on a Thursday (one of the Top Five Days of the week! Watch for that list soon!). I read that when Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official federal holiday in 1863, it was set for the last Thursday in November, but when FDR was President, he moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday of the month in order to provide more days for holiday shopping during the Great Depression. This idea was met with opposition and people called it “Franksgiving” for a while, but it stuck. That’s true, and a little sad, which is appropriate for the time period when it was named. I guess we should be frankful that he didn’t try to move Christmas instead.

Parades – I am thankful I don’t have to go to a parade on Thanksgiving. Why does anyone want to stand outside in the cold to watch a parade? I don’t get it. And as my son Ben says, the only thing worse than watching a parade in person is watching a parade on television. I am thankful I don’t need to watch any parades this week.

Cooking – I am thankful I don’t have to cook. I am a terrible cook. The last time I tried to cook something on Thanksgiving, I started a big fire in the oven with a cake, cardboard and plastic. That’s absolutely true. And it was right before I had to give a big fire safety presentation at work.

Eating – Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It’s a good day. And then it’s a sleepy day.

Cranberries – They are great! Why can’t we eat them more often? Do the cranberry farmers/pickers just work in like October and November and then take the rest of the year off? I enjoy their juice, but don’t understand why they want to keep combining it with other juices for like CranApple and CranGrape. I would prefer if they tried something like Crankiwi juice (say it out loud) that I could eat with my Cranola and cranamel yogurt. Or maybe they can use these magical berries to make other products with fun ‘Cran” names like Heinecran beer or crankerchiefs.

Moving Forward – Many people see the world as a dark and depressing place these days, but enough about the makers of the DC Comics movie universe. For the rest of us, we can see that while there is plenty to worry about, there is so much to be thankful for and the holiday reminds us of that. We can look forward to Holiday Season and the opportunity to visit with more family members, take part in holiday parties and forget our worries by watching classics such as Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story or WWE Superstar John Cena!

The name – I’m glad they didn’t choose something like Gratefulgiving or Recognition Day. I would, though, support a change at some point to Appreciationpalooza or Crangiving.

Black Friday – I understand that it’s a fun tradition for many people, but I hate the idea of getting up super early just go somewhere super crowded and spend a lot of money from my not-so-super bank account. I am thankful I don’ t have to go shopping on Black Friday, which I also believe should be renamed You’re Welcometaking.

Being Thankful –Thanksgiving is basically a day to take a break from the daily grind, relax with family and friends, and step back for a moment and think about how lucky we all are (unless you are a turkey) no matter who or where we are. I’m excited about Thanksgiving and I’m going to make it a point this year to spend a little time reflecting on how lucky I am to have my family, friends and life. And instead of feeling anxious about what’s ahead for me or the country in the next year, I plan on spending Thanksgiving being appreciative of how blessed I am and approaching the new year with optimism, resolve and thankfulness that I am not a Cleveland Browns fan.

 

I’m also thankful to you for checking out the blog. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below.

 

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