ON THE COVER: WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? BY BAILEY PACE

thankful by bailey

Between Halloween and Christmas, there is a short but steep drop in festive spirit. Perhaps, it is because the holiday’s mascots are confusing. Pilgrims do not inspire excitement in the hearts of children. And when you see happy pictures of turkeys all month, a day dedicated to eating the bird can feel morbid. You may experience a seasonal sadness when big businesses announce sales sooner and sooner after Thanksgiving dinner. Some families may skip time around the table together in order to fight other families over Televisions at low prices.

During this confusing holiday, perhaps the best way to celebrate is getting back to the basics. What ever happened to loved ones spending a day together just to agree that life is okay? Look around. Things could be significantly worse. This Thanksgiving, we should grab a cup of pumpkin spice whatever and appreciate what we have.

One way to do this is to get a book. Read to the little ones in your life. It can significantly help their reading comprehension, and they will love one on one time with you. You can also pick one up for the aged book-lover in your life. Give them a copy of your favorite book. Write an inscription on the inside cover to add a personal touch.

If that’s a little out of your budget so close to the Christmas season, try sending a letter. Taking the time to write to someone can mean more than you know. If you like the idea of this but do not know that person’s mailing address, an email or text can also be a simple and easy way to let someone know that they are on your mind. Or come up with something you would like for yourself. Have you ever found yourself wishing that someone would give you your favorite flowers or candy bar? Pick some up the next time you are in line at the grocery store. People can be really shocked when you do things out of the blue. In some ways, it is more special to someone when it is done on a seemingly ordinary day rather than a birthday or holiday.

If all else fails, just tell them. When was the last time you directly said to someone, “Thank you for everything you do. You are such a blessing in my life.” Can you imagine if someone said that to you? That is such a wonderful, big thing to do. So this November, if your pumpkin pie burns or your hands get cold waiting in herds outside of superstores for the next Apple isomething, turn to the person next to you and tell them Happy Thanksgiving in the best way, by giving thanks.

– Bailey Pace, LBSPY #71. November 2015
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What are you Thankful For?
Pumpkins on this issue’s cover and in this article are from Byrnside Branch Farm in Union, WV. #monroecountywv

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