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Good morning everyone… and welcome to our Thanksgiving Sunday! I don’t know about you,
- But, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me…
- Probably because of how fast our stores all transition to Christmas just after Halloween.
- And, yet, I think that’s the reason I like Thanksgiving so much…
- because it’s traditionally been one of the least commercialized of all our national holidays.
I mean, the stores cash in on Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter,
- But, beyond the Turkey farmers and supermarkets, there’s not much of a Thanksgiving windfall for retailers.
- We’re not expected to buy Thanksgiving candy or send Thanksgiving cards, or pass out Thanksgiving gifts.
- In a sense, all this holiday asks of us is to gather together with family & friends to share a large meal…
- And to consider all we have to be thankful for.
Oddly enough, some of the most memorable Thanksgivings Joyce and I have ever spent were when we lived in Central Asia.
- They were memorable because the distance between us and our families back home made us more thankful than ever for the gift they were in our lives.
- and so, we’d spend that Thanksgiving Day, full of thanks for our family and friends living on the other side of the world.
Of course, that’s not to say that we spent all our Thanksgivings alone there.
- In fact, we enjoyed introducing our Tajik friends to a big Thanksgiving meal.
- It was fun watching them try pumpkin pie for the very first time!
- In fact, the adults with little kids tried to avoid it by trying to get their kids to eat it…
- Using their version of “open your mouth the train is coming!”
I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about this, but most cultures in the world practice the same kind of baby talk that we do.
- The language might not be the same, but they’re saying the same things.
- After they get their child to open the bridge for a big delivery of pumpkin pie,
- They’ll start asking them, “Where’s your nose?” “Where’s your ear?”