Here Comes Thanksgiving

Argue with me if you want, but Thanksgiving is the best holiday of all! It’s the food, the parade, the traditions, the family and friends–WITHOUT all the insanity that gift-giving provokes.

We’re hosting the big feast this year. Count along with me will you? My mom, dad, grandma, Marc’s mom, my sister, her husband and three kids, and my brother-in-law’s mom and dad. Plus my brother is coming in from Boston with his wife and two kids, and we usually have a good couple of stragglers at any time of the day and night. That’s give or take (including me and my family) 19 people. I couldn’t be happier! I’m also very happy that my amazing brother-in-law is doing the turkey.

And at the heart of the holiday, a day to give thanks, I’ll have my sweet, dear friend who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer this week at age 37. If we’re going to celebrate what’s good in our lives, we also need to come face-to-face with the things that aren’t so happy. Because  within those bad things are the little golden nuggets that help us keep everything in perspective. That way we can focus on the important stuff and easily weed out the nonsense: like leaving your wonderful family to go stand in line for a doorbuster at Macy’s. Good thing you got a $20 massaging pillow because what on EARTH would you do without that?! 

Be thankful. Be very, very thankful this Thanksgiving.