Thanksgiving for a Wisconsin deer hunting spouse is not the usual family event you see pictured above. When my family was young, we began a tradition of celebrating the holiday a week or so before the actual day, so we could all be together to carve the turkey and eat all the calorie laden treats.
Over 54 years this has been the Thanksgiving I’ve come to know. However, as our families grow and times change, so do some of our traditions. Now, since I’m alone on that day, everyone seems to take pity on me and invites me to dinner with them. We still have our family tradition of getting together prior to the big hunt. These days, I’m the guest at another person’s table for the feast at least three times.
Yesterday we gathered at my youngest daughter’s home. Her husband prepared the turkey on a special outdoor thing-a-ma-jig and it was one of the finest I’ve ever eaten. My daughter made all the scrumptious side dishes and my granddaughter cut the pies that my son and his girlfriend brought to share. We sat around the dining room table in their cozy kitchen – exchanged some funny stories from the past – and laughed a lot. We called our daughter from S. Carolina and caught up with her too.
We don’t get to see our children as much as we’d like to. Even though we live in close proximity of two of them, time gets in the way. As you grow older, you realize how important those moments with family mean to you. You also realize that life is changing for you and those special days will come to a close soon, so you treasure them even more.
Every year brings something new to this holiday. My daughter and her family hosted this year’s pre-Thanksgiving event. A few years ago, I spent the holiday at my oldest daughter’s home in S. Carolina. All the trappings of a Thanksgiving meal are wonderful, but the best thing is the company you share it with. Maybe some new traditions are coming to pass.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather and give thanks for all our blessings. The old Rockwell painting, conjures thoughts of Thanksgivings past. The point is, we are grateful for family, material blessings and daily provision from a loving God. The way you serve it, the fine china or paper plates, the crystal goblets of Styrofoam cups, all the tasty treats, make no difference in the scheme of things. What’s really important is getting together with those we love and enjoying each others’ company.
Whatever traditions you have during the coming holiday season, remember to open your heart as well as your doors to others. As Americans, we have the right to celebrate such days without fear of persecution or ridicule. We live in a time when our borders are changing, our morals have slipped beyond recognition, our churches are suffering and our politics are full of corruption. Yet, we still live in a land of freedom. As believers in the One True God, we have hope for an eternal future in heaven. You can’t get much better than that.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:1