I was listening to a podcast recently #classicmillennial and it was brought up that this Thanksgiving is going to look different than previous years. 

 My family’s Thanksgiving usually consists of family coming over mid-morning, eating so much good food that my mom makes, sitting around to digest it, then coffee and dessert! Even as I have grown up and have moved away, my friends have come and visited me for a Friendsgiving and we cooked the food that in our minds “just wasn’t Thanksgiving without it”, watched movies, painted, and enjoyed each other’s company.

There is lots of laughing and catching up and some naps too, but today probably looks different. Football and food still exist, but can we enjoy it together? Is it safe to have a Friendsgiving? Do I want to risk exposing my grandparents? These are questions I know I have thought of and so do a lot of people around me and probably you too. 

Back to that podcast I mentioned, it said that yes thanksgiving will look different, but the idea of it is not. Thanksgiving is not the day that comes before Black Friday, it’s not the football watching holiday, or the last day that we have to hold back from listening to Christmas music. Thanksgiving is a day to step back and look at what you are thankful for. There is so much we should thank God for that we either forget happened and just don’t think to thank Him. It is good for the soul to think about the blessings we have, especially in a year that seems like nothing good could possibly happen. 

Let me put my money where my mouth is. Things I am thankful for this year:

  1. I am thankful for having a house, food, drinkable water, clothes, a job, and all the necessities of life.
  2. I am thankful for the small moments of working at home during the pandemic while living with seven other women in one house. It was tight, but we had many funny moments, some really good walks, and the ability to work outside on nice, sunny days.
  3. I am thankful for my friends who live a thousand miles away from me, but make time to facetime me and let me stay at their place when I go to visit them
  4. I am thankful for my family sending care packages of gloves, then sending another one, also of gloves, because they like the second pair better. And also including chocolate. 
  5. I am thankful for some hard goodbyes to show me just how much the relationship meant to me. Some moved down the road and others to a different country, but a goodbye is a goodbye.
  6. I am thankful that I could live out my life long dream to dress up as one of my favorite tv show characters and feel super cool on Halloween.
  7. I am thankful for the small gifts that I know are from the Lord including but not limited to: beautiful places in nature, good conversations I thought would be difficult, randomly found roses on St. Therese’s feast day, free coffee, good chats with friends, and many unexpected moments.

There are so many more things I am thinking about that I am grateful for, but seven is the perfect number so I’ll stop there. 

I’m not gonna lie, number one and two were hard for me to think of, but after I started thinking of a few things I was grateful for then I needed to stop myself because there are a million more things I could mention. Proving when you are in the mindset of gratitude, then it will come more easily. 

So today I want to challenge you to be thankful for the things this year that were good and bad. Be thankful for things you thought were awful as well as beautiful. 

I also want to challenge you to look forward to the rest of 2020 and into next year. As Blessed Solanus Casey says “Thank God ahead of time”. Trust He will give you what you need and expect good things from Him and, of course, thank Him!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Liz Holman


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