"Thanksgiving is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please sir, put some money in the old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do. If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you..."
Now don't laugh, my friends. I know this is a Muppet Christmas song. But it just appealed to me as I wrote this blog post. Because when you think about it, it fits. You've got the goose getting fat, a man putting out his hat and giving. Why not flip this to Thanksgiving? ;)
There are a lot of people in need. Right now a local radio DJ, a fixture in our town, is sitting up on a cherry picker, enduring 48 hours of cold and the elements to help raise money or bikes for Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Marines. These bikes will be given to needy children who live in our area this Christmas. What a fabulous annual witness to our town! I'm amazed every time I drive by this awesome spectacle on my way to work. It truly is phenomenal.
So what is the greatest gift of Thanksgiving? It's a celebration of survival. A joyous feast of the harvest signaling we'll be well fed, spiritually and physically. It's also a time to share that bounty with others less fortunate.
What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for my family and friends. For God's grace and the freedoms I enjoy. For my debut book, and Jean and Stephanie's good fortune too! Their Crimson Romance debut releases in 7 days!
So I leave you today with some quotes I found interesting:
"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelves minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck
"The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy." Bob Schieffer
"There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American." O. Henry
Blessings for a peaceful day of preparation and celebration!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you cooking? Watching football?