It has been a CRAZY week! But I mean that in a good way...well, semi-good way because exhaustion is exhaustion even if it was all worth it.
We had my husband's parents for a week and two of his siblings with their families also arrived for the Thanksgiving weekend. All in all, there were a total of 13 guests and suffice it to say that we became like a Bed and Breakfast, although some days we offered more meals. It was so many days of abundant food and fun times especially for the children. My Noah was so thrilled to be with his cousins again and if only for that, I'd say it was really worth all the effort!
I'm still a newbie when it comes to Thanksgiving because there is no such holiday in the Philippines. I still remember my shock when so many years ago, my husband told me that to some, Thanksgiving is an even bigger holiday here in the U.S. than Christmas; that it's when people are expected to fly out just to be able to 'go home' and spend time with family and close friends. Come to think of it, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is really longer than Christmas celebration. A lot of companies do give time off for their employees on the day after Thanksgiving although they don't do the same for either Christmas Eve or December 26th. Is it to support the economy on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year? Perhaps.
It will probably take many more years for me to fully 'get' Thanksgiving, to get into the whole shop-like-crazy spirit. Heck, I don't even 'get' turkey and sorry to say this, but I have not tasted turkey that knocked my socks off. (Well, maybe once, almost, when my Uncle in CA served deep fried turkey and I loved the crispy skin). The bottom line is that I'm just not a fan of this bird, hence its absence on our Thanksgiving spread.
The one thing I do understand about this holiday and perhaps the only real thing that truly counts, is that this is a day of remembrance for all things we are grateful for...for family and friends who accept and support you; for having enough despite a highly unstable economy; for still being able to share what you have to those who have less; and most of all for love...for being surrounded with people who love you as best they could that they make you believe that you must have done something good in this life to deserve such true love and devotion.
My spirit is grateful and that is all.