Thanksgiving — my favorite holiday.
I like Thanksgiving because it holds no attachments. It’s not religious or political. The original Thanksgiving celebration established that people of any race or creed have an open invitation to come to the table together.
Maybe we could all use that right now.
I also like Thanksgiving because it holds no expectations. I don’t have to worry about which gift to buy for who and whether they will be happy with it. It’s just about the food and fellowship. That automatically makes it the least stressful holiday of the season.
We all could use a day of low stress and no expectations, too.
Being a harvest celebration, the food is central, of course. At my house, we stick to tradition and have turkey, usually free range. There will be seasonal vegetables of every variety. Nothing comes out of a box; everything is fresh. Everyone is invited into the kitchen to prepare his or her favorite dish. The smells coming out of the kitchen and seeing everyone working together always makes me smile — it’s hard not to be happy on Thanksgiving!
The menu will have plenty of healthful items, but there will be some things just for pleasure. Pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a personal favorite. I may skip the rolls, but I will absolutely not skip the turkey sandwich loaded with dressing and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving evening…for me, it’s as much a tradition as the turkey!
I know that some people reading this have significant limitations in what they can and can’t eat, but I invite you to let your guard down a bit. Work around your limitations the best you can, but don’t miss out on the pleasure of sharing a meal with others you care about.
There will be parades and football on television, but I encourage you to get outside and stretch your legs. Getting everyone together for a Thanksgiving beach walk is one of my favorite family traditions.
And of course, take time just to be thankful. It’s easy to get caught up in the seriousness of the world and miss out on the simple things that bring happiness. Thanksgiving is a day to concentrate those things and share them with others.
Because I’m a believer in practicing what I prescribe, I’ll share one thing I’m thankful for this holiday season: You.
On behalf of the team, thank you for your support and participation in Vital Plan’s mission this year. We are thankful for how you have encouraged and affirmed us every step of the way.
May your Thanksgiving be joyous, satisfying, and restful.