I had been thinking about how our lifestyle is chipping away at traditions, wearing at them like waves pounding at rocks on the shore. Then I read Thanks-Giv-A on J.P.’s Blog and I thought: That’s what I’m talking about. (The post pokes fun at the idea of Chick-Fil-A catering Thanksgiving dinner, even though the author enjoys its food at other times.) We all like restaurant food as a treat once in a while, but are the holidays the time to serve up a Big Mac Buffet or a Pizza Hut Platter?
Still, let’s be honest: Did you ever reluctantly drag your feet to a Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner with extended family when you’d rather be home watching Netflix or a football game? (Guilty.) Or if you’re hosting, do you really get excited about spending several days cleaning and cooking for guests?
I get it. The world has changed in a way that has us racing to check off everything on an unrealistic to-do list each day. Down-time and self-care have become forbidden candy, which makes us crave them even more. And there are things we can remove from that list – permanently. But family traditions and time together shouldn’t be one of them.
That doesn’t mean those traditions can’t be scaled back. It’s not about the magazine, picture-perfect table setting or food worthy of Martha Stewart. Women don’t have to wear fancy dresses that cost an arm and a leg. And men can leave their suits and ties at home. Every family is different and there is no one-size-fits-all. But they can all come together around a table to enjoy good food and each other’s company.
So let’s keep those special days … well, special. This holiday season, make the turkey, or at least a very large chicken. Make the effort to set the table with the good dishes and silverware. But most importantly, make the time for family and friends.
Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October, but my American friends and bloggers are prepping for the holiday this month. Here’s wishing you all a Happy Holiday.