A different Thanksgiving? Still plenty to be thankful about
What do you like best about autumn? In a new survey, 56 percent of the respondents claimed that autumn is their favorite time of year citing the changing colors of the leaves, feeling the chill in the air, and drinking hot chocolate as the top three reasons. Thanksgiving and getting ready for December holidays also contribute to people being nostalgic about, and eager for the season as well.
In Southern California, it tends to take a little longer before we see evidence of fall features, yet by November the days are shorter, the temperatures have dropped, and Mother Earth starts to quiet down. Just as nature is making its retreat to regroup and refuel, our energy is likely to do the same. While we may not have the changing of the leaves until winter is around the corner, we can reflect the warm golds, reds, and browns in our clothes, gardens, and home decorations. Turkey dinners at Thanksgiving also seem to imitate the fall color scheme especially the desserts such as pumpkin pies, breads, and cookies. Likewise, as animals get ready to hibernate by growing winter coats and preparing their dens, we are inclined to cozy up with a cup of tea and get blankets out in anticipation of colder nights.
Thanksgiving is also a season for reflection and gratitude. In another survey, Americans are saying that now more than ever they are thankful for the little joys that might have previously gone unnoticed. It’s to be expected that seeing loved ones had the highest response. Also at the top of the list was enjoying alone time, sleeping in a freshly made bed, getting freebies, and finding money. Unexpected delights are always fun to experience, so is receiving a note or text from someone saying, “I am thinking about you.”
This year Thanksgiving may look and feel different. Still, there is so much to be thankful for and you can share that spirit by showing your appreciation in simple ways. How about sending a card to express gratitude for a kind gesture or baking a batch of cookies and surprising someone with them even if you have to leave them at their front door. Making it a point to call at least one person a day just to say hello will do wonders for both of you. Even though turkey day is officially celebrated on the fourth Thursday, thankfulness can be a daily practice. With that thought in mind, I’ll take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a most wonderful Thanksgiving season.