Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite holidays of the whole year.  You have family, good food and football.  Each year as Thanksgiving rolls around, I always think back on the Thanksgiving’s of the past.  I think about getting up early on some Thanksgiving mornings and my dad loading us boys up to go rabbit hunting or quail hunting, well at least until lunchtime.   On other Thanksgiving mornings we would simply get up, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then head to my Nanny & Papa Schrimsher’s house for lunch.   No matter what, Nanny & Papa’s house was the ultimate destination for Thanksgiving.  My Nanny loved Thanksgiving because the family was together and she got to cook for all of us.  Her dressing was the gold standard for dressing.  My memories also race back to all of us grandsons getting some type of ball game up in the yard.  It usually involved my cousins Eric and Paul along with my younger brother Todd competing in a game that in our mind compared to the Super Bowl.

As I fast forward to Thanksgiving today, although traditions change some things remain the same.  My dad, cousin Eric and Nanny & Papa Schrimsher have all gone on to be with Lord and WOW I miss each of them!!  We now go to my mom’s house with the rest of the Schrimsher clan and then to Kim’s mom & dad’s house.   The food is still great!!  I love waking up and being greeted with the smell of one of Kim’s chocolate pies and sweet potato casserole coming out of the oven.   The casseroles, the turkey, the ham, the dressing and yes even the giblet gravy (yes giblet gravy is an acquired taste).

This year as you celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to take in the moment.  Take in time with your family, take in the traditions and encourage & teach your children that these traditions are important.  I fear that in the age of consumerism that we find ourselves in, that many families are replacing the traditions of Thanksgiving past to be the first at the Black Friday sales which now start on Thanksgiving night in many places.  Savor the time you have with those you love and never take the time for granted.  I have so much to be thankful for in my life.  Here are just a few:

  1.  I am thankful for the hope that my Lord and Savior has provided for me through His death burial and resurrection.
  2. I am thankful for Kim.  I am blessed to call her my wife.  She is my best friend , my hero, my confidant, my greatest encourager and my hero.
  3. I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters, Lillian and Olivia.  Each one special in their own way.  I am thankful that they love each other.
  4. I am thankful for a God providing Brandon to be Lillian’s husband and our Son-in-law.  I am thankful for his service with the US Army.
  5. I am thankful for the two, most perfect grandchildren.  John Patton and Molly Caroline you have stolen Sugar and Pops’ heart.
  6. I am thankful for that God gave me a Mama (Ma) that is a great example of godliness.
  7. I am thankful for my in-laws, Billy and Carolyn.  They have always treated me like a son and not a son-in-law.
  8. I am thankful for the traditions of Thanksgiving.  I pray that as time marches on that my children will have the same memories of Thanksgiving and will keep those traditions going for generations to come.