Thanksgiving done, now shifting to Christmas

By now, your turkey is probably gone, either eaten, or packed away in the freezer. I got a small bird this year. With hunting and plans with other families, it is always hard to know just how big of one I need, but also had some ham available, just in case that small size bird wasn’t enough.

For me, I dread making the turkey. First, it needs several days to thaw in the refrigerator, which takes up a lot of room. Next, you have to take that plastic wrapper off, plus rinse the thing and pull out all the goodies inside, like a neck, gizzard, heart and liver.

That is normally done in the wee hours of the morning, because a big bird needs to get in the oven fairly early in order for it to get fully cooked. This smaller version didn’t need to be in quite as early.

I know that everyone has their own favorite sides, but for me, there needs to be sweet potatoes, as well as mashed potatoes, and then there is the scary gravy. For most of my married life, I made gravy on a daily basis for our noon time, farmer dinner. The chore never daunted me, but Thanksgiving seems to be a bit different. It is when everything else is done, there is scant room on the stove, and that gravy needs to be thickened, but not too thick. I sometimes get it right, but no matter what, the family has never complained.

By now, some of you have been going to sales, some stores were even open on Thanksgiving. You will never see me going shopping on this weekend. The most activity I get is putting up Christmas light outside, weather permitting.

The weather was so nice on the 20th that I put some up on the front porch railing, but they were not plugged in until Friday night. Got to let the turkey have its due.

If it were up to me, I would not make a turkey. I would make chicken, or better yet, I would go out to eat and take the family with me. For this year, I still endeavored to make the food. Mainly because I know people will be in and out throughout the day, and if you go out to eat, it is at one time, and many could not come.

Of course, a family can get together any day, but it seems it seldom happens. I hope that many of you took time to stop and think how much you have to be thankful for. As we go through our lives, things don’t always go our way. Illness, job concerns, family relationships can all put a damper on our spirits at times. However, if we take time to think about the positive, and not always the negative, we can put a smile on our face and keep on going.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”