This year I made a choice. It was not made out of self pity or despair. Rather it was just made from taking an honest look at my life and knowing what I am capable of.
I’m not doing Thanksgiving this year.
It sounds bad to actually come out and say it, but I can’t tell you the relief I’ve felt over this decision.
Let me clarify what I mean though.
Normally we spend November reading books on pilgrims and the mayflower, I attempt a craft I found on Pinterest (I’m so not crafty) and we might make a fun treat together. Sean has read the same book on Pilgrims out loud to the children for over 5 years now. We have used this fantastic study on Thanksgiving hymns before. It takes a lot of work for me to pull everything together, and I attempt to add all this additional learning on top of our regular school.
This year I knew I couldn’t keep up. Instead of it being a joyful time together as a family, it would be a huge stress. I would not be giving thanks, instead I would be counting down the days until November was over.
I made this decision based on our season of life. We have an adorable seven month old little girl that is taking all of our energy. I’m trying to stay on top of the math facts and the girls that are learning to read. The laundry often takes over the living room space, and the baskets waiting to be folded just beat me down to discouragement. We are launching Character Badges, and I’m trying to be present in that business for my husband, as well as keeping up with this blog and Deborah & Co.
Life is busy. Life is good.
This year I’m going to help cook our Thanksgiving dinner that we spend with family, and rest knowing that my children have already been trained in the history of Thanksgiving. I’m going to enjoy the times of going around the table sharing what we are thankful about, knowing that I have many things I can share. I will enjoy attending the Thanksgiving dinner at our church.
The one thing I will do is check out some books from the library on Thanksgiving and leave them out for the children to read if they wish. I won’t win any supermom awards because of that, but I’m totally ok with it.
My husband already came to me and said we are going to sit down with a calendar soon and plan December out. He loves the family time that December brings, we enjoy caroling and family drives looking at lights, music concerts, etc. We are going to put it all down on the calendar and enjoy the business of December as we celebrate the birth of our savior.
When it comes down to it? I’m most grateful for the gift of Salvation. Without a baby being born in a manger many years ago, I would not be where I am. I’m looking forward to spending the month of December celebrating what eternally matters.
And next year? I’m hoping to enjoy all things Pilgrim.
(Please note, I have nothing against Thanksgiving, I love the holiday and think it can be an amazing month of giving thanks.)