Investing in Family: Thanksgiving Edition

Investing in Family: Thanksgiving Edition

With the holidays unofficially beginning this week, it might be tempting to get caught up in the buzz. To hyper-schedule our lives. To purchase every single item on our list and check it twice. Possibly to brave the throngs of crazed-eye shoppers on Black Friday, all in search of the perfect shirt or toy at an unbeatable price. But before we submit to the holiday frenzy, it just might be time to slow down and give thanks.

We may wish to give thanks for all of our wonderful family and friends, for the roofs over our heads, or even for the simple yet complicated opportunity we have to live our lives. Life may not always be easy, but we still have so much to be thankful for, as individuals, as parents, as a nation and as a world.

So my wish for all on this Thanksgiving is that we can take a few moments to drink in the wonderfulness of our crazy families (despite Aunt Edna's insistence on pinching our thirty-year-old cheeks). Take a moment to smile at Edna. Take a second to breath in the milky-sweet scent of your brother's baby. Take an instant to hold hands with your husband. And give thanks to the universe for the beauty of life. Because that's what Thanksgiving and the holidays are truly about.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! May you and your family be blessed.

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TB at wrote:

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 14:16 Comment #: 1

A simple post. A true post. My family doesn't get in to black friday and all that, but they do get into intense drama around teh holidays. Everyone judging eachother and yelling opinions, no one really listening, and all that. Sometimes my wife and me think we wont' go to the family things becuase it's too crazy and no one seems to be just thankful for the presence of eachother. But every year we decide to go and it can be stressful, but we try to do what you say, which is, we sit back on teh sofa and smile when uncle XYZ tells me how I should be making more, and smile when aunt ABC tells my wife she should lose weight, and watch all the shenanigans with a smile and a nod, a thankfulness that we have these judgmental loons in our life. :-)

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter wrote:

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 15:17 Comment #: 2

Great post Christa and that for setting the right priorities. I would agree that we all need to focus more on the people in our lives and less on the stuff in our lives. The people we have are truly the most important.

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Christa Palm wrote:

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 12:47 Comment #: 3

TB, I agree that appreciating the loons in our families can be hard to do, and I applaud you and your wife for your ability to sit back and let things slide. Have a great Thanksgiving (even if you have to step outside for a breather once in a while)!

Miss T, people definitely trump stuff :-) Enjoy your holiday!

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femmefrugality wrote:

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 02:45 Comment #: 4

Oh, so beautiful. We all need to be reminded of what's TRULY important, and like Miss T said, it's our people, not our stuff.

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Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals wrote:

Sun, 11/25/2012 - 17:39 Comment #: 5

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you! I didn't get to spend it with my extended family; rather, my kids and I went to a good friend's house while my husband worked. It wasn't a typical Thanksgiving by any means, but I was still so thankful to have good company with whom to spend it!

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Christa Palm wrote:

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 21:13 Comment #: 6

Glad your Thanksgivings were great, FF and BP!