Your Kindness and Gratitude Preserve the Best Holiday of the Year – Daily Quote

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it's purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It's really for everybody, and it doesn't matter where you're from. Daniel Humma heading

I look forward to Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday because it offers something for everyone. I have always loved The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will let others indulge in the plethora of football games, turkey trots, and tv marathons. I wait with my basting spoon for the annual turkey pardoning, a tradition that tickles my funny bone. I am free from the worry of needing to buy presents for anyone. A warm house filled with delectable aromas, cherished friends, and loving family is a priceless gift.

But everything has changed because of Covid. They are still holding the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but will not follow the usual 2.5-mile route, and it won’t feature the expected high school or college marching bands. The organizers are taping some sections. In the “live” portions, the producers are filming in front of the 34th Street store, treating it like a movie set intended for television viewers only. Football lovers won’t be disappointed and can watch three different games. Dinner won’t take hours to fix, the decorations haven’t left their boxes, and I don’t expect any guests. I could mistake Thursday for any other day.

Tomorrow’s menu includes creamy mashed potatoes, a sliced turkey breast, and homemade cranberry sauce. It hardly seems worthwhile to prepare the stuffing, giblet gravy, or my other Thanksgiving favorites. I put my expectations in group Zoom calls and countless text messages. One thing which doesn’t change this year is my gratitude. I am thankful for the health and happiness of those I love, despite endless challenges. Circumstances have knocked us down, but our spirit and our wills are strong. Adversity often reveals our true nature, and the care and compassion exhibited by some who were only strangers amaze me. I now consider them my dearest friends.

I wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

3 thoughts on “Your Kindness and Gratitude Preserve the Best Holiday of the Year – Daily Quote

  1. Might I suggest the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon (that is if you don’t already plan to tune in)? It’s become a tradition in my household and is evermore needed nowadays for a festive atmosphere despite quarantine. It’s like having guests but they’re in orbit so no worries about catching the ‘rona.

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    • Oh, I remember those. I had no idea they were playing them again. Thank you for the heads-up. 😎 Creating new traditions is moving at warp speed, instead of evolving organically. A little disconcerting but exciting at the same time. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🦃🍗🍁

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