Happy Thanksgiving! I’m celebrating (and resting) as much as I can until I have to go to work this evening into tomorrow morning. This morning we changed out lights on our Christmas lights around the house and set up the tree (we decorated minimally this year). I hung some Christmas stockings with care by the fireside. 😀 Tomorrow, after I’m rested up, I’ll help put the boxes and bags back into the attic and hang our wreath on the front door.
I didn’t watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I won’t be staying up to watch Pumpkin Chucking tonight (instead I’ll be resting in bed or getting ready for work). I won’t be sleeping at about 10:30; instead I’ll be awake and getting ready to head out the door in about half an hour. I won’t have time for enjoying family tonight.
Family time is right now. I’m taking time out to enjoy the time I have with those I love. I’m resting and enjoying their company.
I’m thankful for my many blessings. I’ve named them many times throughout the year, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat them all here and today. My family, my new job, a roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in at night, and my health (while it may not be perfect it’s improving and getting better). 😀
As I work tonight and watch crowds scramble to get the latest Disney toy, gadget, gizmo, etc. I’ll be thankful that at least I have what’s necessary to me in this life — my family’s love for me! I’ll be thankful that I’m not trying to fight someone for the latest and greatest Disney toy, gadget, gizmo, etc. I’ll be thankful I’m inside where it’s nice and warm. Sure I’d rather be at home, sleeping in my warm and comfy bed, but it’s nice to know I have a paycheck and that’s something that not everyone has these days.
So as you go out and shop tomorrow, remember someone is always there looking after and taking care of you and your loved ones. If you truly feel sorry they are working on Thanksgiving or very early Black Friday morning, do what I’d do if I could — stay home! The fewer the people who go out on Black Friday, the better. If we slowly show society we do not need/want people working early on Black Friday, there will be more time for what’s important — family, friends, and things that money can’t buy! Black Friday will cease to exist and it will be just another day to shop in the holiday season.
If you must shop, please be nice to those of us who are waiting on you and helping you. We gave up time with our families to be here with you. If we are falling asleep or making some mistakes, bear with us — we didn’t get a lot of sleep or time to rest before we came to work. Realize something else, we would rather (or at least most of us) be home with our families and loved ones than with you if you’re not going to treat us like human beings. Also please think of other shoppers. Do you really need to get the newest flat screen TV? There may be someone out there who has never had one in his/her life and would really like one this year. Does your son or daughter really need that latest toy? Many kids have to hug socks or stuffed pillow cases instead of a doll or a teddy bear at night. Don’t yell at the person to hurry out of their parking place at the store, mall, etc.; they are probably calling home to loved ones and checking in on those they hold dear and wouldn’t you like to be able to do the same when you’re done shopping (or in my case, working)? Just be courteous to everyone this time of year, you never know — you may make a friend! 😀
God, bless us (and thanks for everything — even that which we do not know/remember we’re thankful for) — everyone!