Giving Thanks


The other day I was in my doctor’s waiting room and I overheard a conversation. One lady said she was so looking forward to Thanksgiving, ‘America’s national holiday devoted wholly to eating.’  She was not joking. She was serious.

Gee. How naive, old-fashioned, and out of touch am I? I always kind of thought the day was a day to give thanks.

With all of the commercial hype about Thanksgiving and Christmas that, these days starts around the 4th of July, I guess it is easy to think that Thanksgiving is only about food and gluttony.

Polls show that people are all stressed out about the holidays and dread being with family or the chore of cooking a holiday feast.

All this got me to thinking; always a dangerous proposition with me. But here goes anyway…..

Has Thanksgiving become too complicated? Have we forgotten the beauty in simple pleasures?

Has Thanksgiving become too big? Do we try to do too much? Do we try for perfection? Perfect food? Perfect turkey? Perfect side dishes? Perfect desserts? The perfect table? Perfect table settings? Perfect decorations? Perfect children? Perfect families? Perfect houses?

Regulars here know I ascribe to the KISS philosophy of life ~ Keep it simple sweetheart!

Some of the very best memories I have are of times that had nothing more than some friends gathered round some simple food and just sharing, laughing, and friendship.

Why so much focus on the food and the amount of food on Thanksgiving? Why so much attention to the decorations on Thanksgiving? Isn’t simple gratitude for food and people to share it with enough?

 Am I just an anachronist? Is simple thankfulness passé, extinct,  and unfashionable?

I hope not.

I am thankful I have a wonderful home to live in.

I am thankful I have delicious food to eat every day.

I am thankful I am an excellent health.

I am thankful for all of my good friends and neighbors.

I am thankful I live in freedom and in the United States of America.

I am thankful to every child who read to me at the library program I volunteered for this summer. Each of them gave far more to me more than I to them.

I am thankful for you, and all of the readers and visitors, to More Thyme Than Dough.

I am thankful for the new friends I have met and made through More Thyme Than Dough.

I am thankful that More Thyme Than Dough gives me a creative outlet and is just so much fun to do.

I am thankful for laughter, jokes, and email forwards from friends.

I am thankful I can read great books and learn new ideas.

I am thankful for the sun, the moon, the stars, the clouds, the trees, animals, rivers and lakes, and all of this beautiful earth.   


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I wish you a wonderful, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving. 

I am going to take a few days off from blogging. I will be back with lots more opinion, news, information, fun, and most of all recipes on Monday, November 29th.
See you then,

Quote of the Day

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo Da Vinci

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