Can you believe we are about to come to the end of 2018? It seems impossible for Thanksgiving and Christmas to be so near. Where has the year gone?
Thanksgiving holds a lot of nice childhood memories for me. I can still remember walking into my Granny Opal's house on Thanksgiving morning. I could smell the turkey cooking and see all of the pies and cakes lined up on the kitchen counter. I could just tell it was a special day and even at the age of six or seven, I knew we were in for a real food treat.
It was family time with all of the aunts, uncles and cousins. The food was wonderful and we did not hurry it away. I am reliving the 1950s as I remember the way it was. For the most part, the 1950s really was a good time to grow up.
We did not have as many restaurants in those days but my mother or my grandmothers would never have considered going out to eat on Thanksgiving.
Another "never thing" would be starting Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I think my grandparents would have called it a “big” sin to disrespect the day.
Time changes and many young people today do not care for the traditional holiday celebrations we once enjoyed. I am not here to judge – to each their own.
I even broke my own tradition last year and decorated my Christmas trees before Thanksgiving. Note the plural in trees. I always decorate more than one tree.
I was proud of myself for getting it all done early last year until the kitchen fire of Nov. 30. The fire moved us out of the house for a few months. The damage was mostly in the kitchen but the smoke damage went throughout the house and my trees were not to be saved.
I did blame the fire on my pride. As I said, I was proud of myself for getting the trees decorated ahead of time. I have always heard "pride comes before a fall."
The Christmas person I am, I immediately went out and purchased two new trees for this year. They remained in the boxes, stored over the carport until Saturday when I had my daughter and son-in-law help get the trees, lights and other decorations down.
In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I had a second celebration. I celebrated the 18th anniversary of my 50th birthday on Monday.
Again, where does the time go? It seems just yesterday, I turned 50. I have always heard a person is only as old as they feel. Some days I can convince myself I am still middle aged and some days I am very senior citizen. I am getting more and more senior days lately.
I moved middle age as far as it would stretch and then I had to accept the fact, I had turned into a senior citizen a few yeas ago. If we live long enough, it comes to all of us.
Celebrating another birthday and having good health will be among the top five on my "thankful list" this Thanksgiving.
Everyone knows what a list person I am and I really do write down the things I am most thankful for.
I hope everyone takes time to stop from their busy schedule of Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping to give thanks for the blessings of life.
Just a reminder, once Thanksgiving is over, we only have 34 days left until Christmas. I love the season but it does get hectic.
I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving and I will be watching for you on Black Friday. I have been called crazy because I really do enjoy Black Friday shopping. Evidently, I am not the only crazy person out there because I see a lot of the same people year after year.
I tell people who have never experienced the Black Friday frenzy, if you have no patience, you need to stay home. We actually shop a little and stand in line a lot.