Thanksgiving Eve Sunset

On this warm and windy Thanksgiving Eve my house smelled of  cinnamon and spice and everything nice as two loaves of pumpkin bread baked in the oven.  It evoked a feeling of coziness and safety.

And yet another reminder of how much I have to be thankful for.

Inevitably – as it always is in nice weather – the back door was open and I wandered to the back yard so I could enjoy a few relaxing minutes.  In addition to the delectable aromas wafting outside I noticed a red tinge to the sky.

Another one of God’s beautiful pieces of art was evident for all to see.  The sun was setting and the sky was lit up with those brilliant colors that make you want to stand still in wonder at the majesty of it all.

The colors were changing by the second and within ten minutes the brilliance had dissipated.

Another reminder to savor the little moments when and while you can.

On this, the last night of the amazing hues of autumn, (before the Christmas colors take center stage) I couldn’t help but grab my camera so I could remember the moment.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!



Holiday Double Standard

I saw a meme on Facebook today titled “The Dirty Dozen” and it listed twelve retail stores that will be open for shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

It stated: “These twelve stores will start Black Friday on Thursday, rather than give their employees a day off to spend with family and friends.”

What are your feelings about this trend? Will you shop on Thanksgiving Day or not?  I don’t think I will.  I want the day to be about the four ‘F’s’.  Family. Friends. Food. Football.

And therein lies the double standard.

I love football on Thanksgiving.  Without fail I will watch my Cowboys play on Thanksgiving Day.  I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing a game in person on this holiday.

But, if the reason we are against shopping on Thanksgiving is because it forces employees to work, rather than be with their loved ones, then why doesn’t the same standard hold true for the entertainment/service industry? (And, to be clear – I’m not talking about medical professionals or those in law enforcement or emergency services. There are many jobs that must continue 24/7 and don’t have the luxury of shutting down for a day.)

Anyway, what about the families of those who will work the countless jobs associated with a professional football game?  How about the movies?  Or restaurant workers?  Shouldn’t we be all riled up over them having to work, too?

It’s a holiday double standard if we see no issue with eating out, going to the movies or a professional sporting event but feel indignant over stores being open.

It’s something to think about.

However you spend Thanksgiving Day I pray that it is a happy and blessed one for you.

Gobble Gobble.