Thanksgiving, for many of us, holds a special place in our hearts: tradition, family, food, football, a true day to relax and reflect.
What if, however, we changed the tradition that is so dear to most of us and flipped it on its head next year?
What if this Thanksgiving, when you are with your family, friends, and loved ones, you proposed that next year you change the tradition, just for one year, to see how it goes.
Here’s the idea. This year, while you’re feasting, watching football, debating (good luck) politics, and maybe navigating a family member who seeing once a year is just enough, ask them this question: “What if next year we pooled everything we spent this year, calculated all the hours to prepare, travel, cook, and clean up and donated it all as a gesture of thanks for the other 364 days of the year that for most of us are safe, comfortable, and awash in abundance?”
The best Thanksgivings are those that leave us with memories, impressions, and with a shared experience.
What could you and your family and friends do next year on Thanksgiving to start a new tradition? Who could you help?
I’m going to try it this year. I’m going to identify a few families that could use some help. I’m still working on my plan, and I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m grateful for so many things this year. I am thankful for being an American, for all of the people in my life, my health, and for you.
I hope that you, your family, and friends enjoy the time together and are thankful.