1. Though I appreciate being thankful, I’m thankful that Facebook people have stopped being thankful every day in November.
2. We should be thankful every day. It’s not a bad practice. Maybe I shouldn’t be such a sourpuss about Facebook.
3. I’m thankful for my new glasses. I thought I just needed a pair of readers, which I refused to fully admit. My arm wasn’t long enough anymore, but I didn’t want specs on my head or filling every junk drawer in the house. As it turns out, I needed everyday glasses. My arm suddenly feels long enough, and who knew I couldn’t read the street signs?
4. I’m thankful I don’t live in a place that gets six to seven feet of snow in 24 hours. We don’t get that much snow in 24 years.
5. Those people up there are probably thankful for slow blowers, though I’m not sure a blower does much good with six to seven feet of snow.
6. I’m thankful no one in my family buys in to the Black Friday hype. I’m all about helping the economy, but Black Friday is gross.
7. Plan ahead. Shop early. If you must have one specific thing, save your money for it, or hey: tell your kids tough luck. We can’t always get what we want — especially when it comes to gifts. It’s okay to have a small Christmas/Hanukkah from time to time (or always). Once gift buying becomes such a chore, to me, the appeal is lost.
8. I love a list at the grocery store. Gift giving should be thoughtful and inspired. For the littlest ones, fulfilling Santa’s list upholds the magic. For everything else, a list is just lazy.
9. You don’t have the time? I’m sure your family would rather have a small, heartfelt gift, rather than an expensive something you picked up hastily on your way home from work.
10. I’m thankful for my ability to hold my tongue. It’s a learned skill, really. What? You think I’m outspoken? This is nothing.
11. I’m thankful for anyone who doesn’t call Thanksgiving “Turkey Day.” I liken it to alliteration in a business name. In Clemson, there’s a place called “Kuntry Konnection Kafe.” As a restaurant owner, it’s totally up to you, but what’s wrong with proper spelling?
12. I’m thankful for spellcheck and an editor. I’m also thankful for forgiveness. Mistakes happen, and so do typos.
13. I’m thankful for the opportunity to express my opinion and share my stories each week. It’s okay if we don’t agree. Not everyone likes my ideas, and I’m cool with that. We don’t all have to like each other. If we can get along, though, that’d be great.
14. I’m thankful for my in-laws. I’m lucky to have a MIL and FIL who don’t drive me crazy. My SIL and BIL are pretty wonderful, too. I probably make them all crazy, but at least they keep it to themselves. My dad and brothers aren’t too bad either, but they have to like me.
15. I’m thankful for my “in my house” family. We aren’t anywhere near perfect, but I’ll take it. Hug your people, people. Happy Thanksgiving!