Thankful for Thanksgiving

december-fat-boy-this-month-is-for-my-holidayWe have finally made it to November, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I wanted to take a moment today to talk about Thanksgiving because I feel that each year that goes by, Thanksgiving becomes more and more lost to our society.  As I was packing up my Halloween decorations today and getting my Thanksgiving ones out, I realized I needed a few more things to complete my Thanksgiving ambiance :) .

I went to Walmart and about five other stores looking for small hay bales and a few other items and was astounded at the fact that Christmas is HERE!  Every store I walked into was nothing but Christmas stuff and the gifts that are probably the must-haves this year – televisions, toys, gift sets, etc… However, if you walk near the food section of the store, there are tons of green beans, stuffing, and all the fixings.

As I made my way home, empty-handed, I was just amazed at how Thanksgiving seems to be just a holiday to eat turkey.  Have we forgotten the true meaning of Thanksgiving?  I was so happy to see the trend that started on Facebook around the 1st of November, where people are writing each day about something they are thankful for.  That is the spirit of Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that you have been blessed with and a time to remember to count those blessings.  You may not have a lot.  Lord knows I am not the richest person on this Earth, but I have my health.  I have my children and my family.  No matter what problems our country is facing right now, we are still a free country and I am thankful for that.

I don’t believe we will ever be able to change the way businesses view Thanksgiving, but I do hope that everyone will take a moment this Thanksgiving season and remember why we celebrate this important occasion.  Spend time with the ones you love and be sure to reflect on what you are thankful for and how blessed we truly are.  Pass that message onto your children and others and don’t let the Christmas hustle and bustle push Thanksgiving aside.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Veteran’s Day to our veterans,our service members and their families!! :)

Janet

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About Janet McIntosh

Janet has a passion for service and supporting military families. A military spouse herself, Janet knows a life in the military is full of ups and downs, but she also knows that there can be many rewards. She is eager to share her immense knowledge and experience with other military spouses. Janet has been affiliated with the military for seventeen years, having served as an active duty Soldier in the United States Army for two and a half years before leaving active duty to serve another six years in the Army Reserves / National Guard. Janet is very active in her military community. She has volunteered with several Family Readiness Groups (FRG) and installation spouse clubs. Janet has also volunteered as an ACS Army Family Team Building instructor and an Army Family Action Plan Facilitator. Janet also currently works for Blue Star Families as their Books on Bases Program Manager. Originally from Miami, FL, Janet continues to work as an advocate and voice for military families. She is married to SSG McIntosh, and has two beautiful children, Aiden & Alina. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University.

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