Thursday, November 22, 2007

A more optimistic Thanksgiving

My awesome sister in law sent us this picture from the Lions/Packers game (we are so jealous!!!)

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Awesome!  I can't wait to see them again.  We adore D's sister and her husband.

The best part about this Thanksgiving was donating our turkey to the food bank.  They said they met their goal of 200+ turkeys that day, so good job Utah County!  Doing that helped take away my Thanksgiving blues so I think we're going to make it an annual tradition.  I hate carving the turkey anyway. :)

L and I have been singing the Thankfulness Song from one of our veggie tales movies today.  I looked all over but couldn't find the video to go with this veggie tales song, but here's the lyrics:

I thank God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!
For our home on the ground,
For His love that's all around,
That's why I say thanks every day!
Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I'm glad for what I have,
Thats an easy way to start!
For the love that He shares,
'Cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Pessimist's Thanksgiving

My least favorite holiday after Valentines is Thanksgiving, and for similar reasons. We should reflect and be grateful every day, not just once a year. It cheapens it for me. But on Thanksgiving I get to see family, and I generally like that, so it beats Valentines. That and all the pies. I really do love pie. But mainly, I see Thanksgiving as a memorial day. As a day to remember the beginning of the near decimation of an entire people, over 90%. Every year I get told how pessimistic my view is and every year I smile at the history revisionists.

"It's supposed to be about feeling gratitude!"

"Then I guess I'm grateful I'm white."

Personally, nothing helps me remember the blessings I have, such as seeing the sun rise every morning, like reflecting on a genocide.

May your Thanksgiving be full of gluttony and indulgence! And maybe, just once, may you remember those who really sacrificed their lives for this country.