I'm not going to lie, Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays - if not THE favorite. Yes, even before Christmas (which I also dearly love). But there's something magical about the season of Thanksgiving, am I right? Something beautiful about purposely choosing to be thankful, choosing to be with family, choosing to be satisfied, even just for a day, with your life and what you do.
I love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. Yes - I hear you in the back making 1,000 sides grumbling at me. Nobody is saying you have to do that! I kid, I know Thanksgiving can be truly complicated. A ton of food needs to be cooked, cranky relatives come into town, and mom is trying to run the show. But between the back-and-forth races to the kitchen and the relatives you're just dealing with because you have too- there's a simplicity present, isn't there?
The simplicity of conversation. Of putting your phone away to genuinely connect and engage. To ask questions, to wonder, to share your life.
The simplicity of food. The recipe is complicated- not the actual eating! Sitting down around a table and scarfing down some delicious recipes is the easiest thing I can think of.
The simplicity of playing. Of just getting on your hands and knees and playing with those younger siblings and cousins.
The simplicity of story telling. Although not every granny is equipped with divine storytelling abilities, isn't it lovely to hear about their younger days and the lives they once lived?
I love that. I love that, in its own, sneaky way, Thanksgiving forces us to rest and take it a little slower, a little simpler. All the complications? The drama, the table settings, the food, the friction - that's caused by human error and human expectation, isn't it? But the actual act of gathering and sharing both conversation and food- that's as old as humanity, and as simple as it gets.
Wherever you find yourself these next few days, whatever you end up doing, I hope you can re-discover the simplicity and beauty in this stressful, crazy, relative-filled and pumpkin-everything holiday. I promise, there's so much to be truly thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends.