Op Ed with Bob Branco – What Thanksgiving Really Means

According to tradition, Thanksgiving is a day when we give thanks for all that we have, including family, friends, and other loved ones. It is a time when everyone gets together to share and bond with one another. Though history has carefully defined when Thanksgiving should be on the calendar, I always felt that we should be thankful every day of the year, and not wait for the fourth Thursday of November to have a celebration about being thankful. Our world is full of problems, and when Thanksgiving is over, the problems are not over. Shouldn’t we express our thanks the next day instead of running around shopping malls like maniacs? Then there’s the day after, and the day after that. To those who practice desperate commercialism, let’s stop scurrying for deals and start relaxing with our loved ones more.

As time goes by, family traditions have evolved into fast paced activities. Though we can’t always control these activities because of the times we live in, I feel that there must always be time devoted to a lengthy, quality family activity, such as a Sunday dinner, game night, or a couple of hours every evening with the children on a regular basis. It’s important to share our feelings, our desires, our problems, and our good times during these very important family-building opportunities.

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