Thanksgiving Day has always been a special family day to me.  The last few years I have tried to plan for different ways and places to celebrate this holiday.

Most of my life we have sat around the dining table loaded with all the traditional foods and stuffed ourselves with one more plateful after we were already full.  Then it was time for a nap and/or watch the annual Turkey Day football game between the Longhorns and the Aggies.  It doesn’t really make much sense to overstuff and be miserable…but that’s what we did.  Now I just eat like a normal human being instead of a starving pig.

After Lyndsey’s graduation from The University of Texas, our Thanksgiving Days have been a little different.  She lived in Daytona Beach, Florida on one Thanksgiving and in Stockton, California the next.  Pam and I adjusted our traditions and dreamed up different ways to celebrate and be thankful.

Years ago when Lyndsey was much, much younger, Pam was very ill and in the hospital for a couple of weeks prior to Thanksgiving Day.  I was trying to take her place at home being both Mom and Dad to Lyndsey and all that requires.  So, this particular Thanksgiving, we didn’t know whether Pam would be home or not.  I made plans for the Thanksgiving meal with the hope that our little family would all be together.  My plans included all the traditional foods…turkey, dressing, many pies, etc.  Our friends asked about our plans and were told she would be home (I had faith).  I also informed them we would have turkey and all the trimmings.  Some offered to bake the turkey…some offered to make the dressing…some offered to bake pies.  I was thankful for their offers, but it was important to me that everything would be as normal as possible.  Pam was able to come home and we had Thanksgiving as usual.

We traveled to Kansas City for Thanksgiving when Lyndsey was living there.  The location was different, but the celebration was the same.  When Lyndsey lived far away, Pam and I began to think of different ways and places to have our Thanksgiving meal.  We have learned to enjoy this holiday in less traditional ways.  Last year, Pam and I traveled to Austin and ate a mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal at Hudson’s on the Bend.  They specialize in wild game and had a special Thanksgiving Day menu.  It was both unusual and great…and then we watch the Turkey Day Game at the hotel.

Now that Lyndsey has moved back to Texas, it’s much easier to get together.  I have been thinking of some unusual way for our family holiday.  I began this “thinking” process a couple of months ago and didn’t let anyone know about my plans.  Finally, after a lot of thinking, dreaming, and searching, I had my plan.  When I told Pam and Lyndsey about the plan, they very excitedly said “Let’s do it!”  Now I am really excited about our adventure and am looking forward to it more than I can say.

It is going to be different.  But, I can’t tell.  It’s family secret.  This is our “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  I will tell you about it after the adventure.

Thanksgiving Day in the United States began in 1621 at Plymouth, but did not become an annual affair until 1660.  Lest we forget, it was a day set aside for thanking God.  Each day is a time for being thankful to God.  If we are thankful each day for 364 days and then on that special Thanksgiving Day, accumulate all of that thankfulness into one package and present it to God I can only imagine how pleasing that would be to Him.  So, Thanksgiving Day is not about the turkey and dressing.  It’s not about the Turkey Day Longhorn vs. Aggie football game.  It’s about thanking God for his goodness and love for us.  But, it’s still okay to watch the game.


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