Thankful Thoughts from the Turkey-day Hater

I am probably the only person on earth that hates Thanksgiving. It has always been my least favorite holiday. Not because I am unthankful by any means, but because of what the holiday has morphed into – A day of overstuffing your face ‘til your pant button pops and you can’t keep your eyes open anymore.

I’ve never been a big eater, and I have this feeling deep down that Thanksgiving shouldn’t be all about the food.

Think about it. When people ask you about Thanksgiving, they normally ask you where you are going for dinner. Right? I bet very rarely do they ask you what you are thankful for.

The poor holiday has turned into a food-focused frenzy.

With that said, I would like to change my focus this year. Before I get to eat anything, I want to share with you a short list of random things that I am thankful for. I say short list because I couldn’t possibly ever think of everything to include because I am thankful for more things than I realize. I think we all are. If you get a chance today, let me know something you are thankful for!

Here it goes:

1.    Life – everyday I have here on earth is a miracle
2.    My husband – who puts up with more crap from me than he should
3.    My babies – the two I have on earth and the one waiting for me in heaven
4.    My mom – I can’t make it through a normal day without talking to her at least once
5.    My religion and my Savior who made it possible for me to be with my family forever – all of them
6.    My grandparents  – they are the most selfless people I will ever meet
7.    My entire family – brother, sisters, mom, dad, aunts, uncles, etc.
8.    Food on my table – even if sometimes dinner is just corn dogs and french fries
9.    Heat in my home – and a new furnace
10.   Money in my bank – even if it’s only $5 some days
11.    My college education
12.   My awesome work-at-home job
13.   A home to call my own
14.   A van that I love
15.   Clothes on my and my family’s back
16.   Health and energy
17.   Love – including hugs, kisses and cuddling
18.   Music – the scream-your-heart-out-in-the-car kind
19.   Books that are so good I can’t put them down
20.  Movies that make me laugh, cry or both
21.   Flowers and weeds
22.  Ice cream
23.  French fries
24.  Blankets
25.  Sunshine
26.  Friends
27.  Notebooks
28.  Birthdays
29.  The internet
30.  Captain Hook

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 20:10:07

    Love that you included Captain Hook. I think it’s a great list. You are an amazing person who has been through alot and still smiling


  2. Jaclyn
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 09:48:02

    Wow! You have a lot of great things to be thankful for and you are right, we all do. We all have quite a list, although at times, so many people forget how great we all have it – including me. I am not fond of Thanksgiving either, I don’t like most of the traditional foods (but I do like to cook them) and it really has become mostly about the food. And like you, I like to spend my time hearing what people are grateful for. I have been asking my kids off and on all month what they are grateful for. That has been quite entertaining. : ) This year I am most thankful for my kids and Ryan. I am trying hard to really enjoy every little moment with my kids, even the difficult ones (and it is working, mostly…ha!). If I were to type out my list it would look very similar to yours, with a few exceptions, one being my Touareg. I love my VW!!!


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2011 @ 18:41:04

      I really like your Touareg too :). I would love to hear what funny things your kids are thankful for. We made a list last week as a family and I had to chuckle at a couple of things my kids said they were thankful for.


  3. Travis
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 15:32:05

    I’m thankful that I can stuff my face and watch football all day long for one day each year. And of course all that other stuff you mention too! 😉


  4. Kaye
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 06:52:03

    See, Travis thinks this day is for stuffing his face. Jim and I ate at McDonalds for thanksgiving day. We traveled to see some sights here in Germany. We are home now and Jim is cooking a turkey. I love to read your blog. It is a great list!


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2011 @ 18:44:35

      Travis has always LOVED Thanksgiving! I am so glad that Jim cooked you a turkey. You deserve that. Thanks for always reading my blog I appreciate the support!


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