By Todd Vogts
Thanksgiving is upon us, and soon the sweet, succulent smells of baked turkey and perfectly prepared candied yams will fill the air.
I enjoy most holidays, but Thanksgiving truly takes the top place in my heart due to the meaning behind it.
I love to spend time with my family and friends, and all holidays afford that opportunity. However, Thanksgiving is different. The focus isn’t giving gifts and being materialistic, which brings on a whole host of anxieties for me. Instead, it is about simply being together and taking stock in what you have. It is about being thankful.
From time to time, everyone struggles to see the positives in their own worlds, but Thanksgiving is a time to take a step back and really look at what blessings your life is filled with.
It is easy to only focus on the negatives, but when gathered around the dinner table with a spread of food fit for a king, I am reminded of all the good in my life. I can let the worries of life slip away and enjoy the company of others over a delicious meal.
I come from a large family, and every year the family tradition for Thanksgiving is basically the same. We gather at grandmother’s house to eat and take part in fellowship. The male’s usually end up outside in her garage watching a football game, cracking jokes and maybe playing cards or a round of cornhole (the bean-bag throwing game).
This year will be different, though. Now that I am married to my lovely wife, there will be two family traditions to take part in. We will have to split time between both sides of our families. For some, it might be hard to let go of a tradition in favor of a new one, but I am looking forward to it. After all, her family is now my family as well.
At this point, I’m not sure how our holidays will look. I don’t know the plan for both sides of our families yet, but I am excited for the possibilities.
One other event in November that gets me excited is the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, competition. I took part in it a couple years ago, and it was a great experience. To call it a competition isn’t exactly accurate because you essentially compete against yourself to write a 50,000-word novel during the month. If you succeed, you get some free swag and the pride of knowing you did it.
If you have any interest in writing, I urge you to give it a shot. Visit www.nanowrimo.org to learn more.
So enjoy this Fall and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!