Now that most of the overnight guests are headed home and I have a few minutes, I guess I need to file my final report on our Thanksgiving adventure; so here it is…12249896_10208092246332267_7530185532961238303_n

The dinner was a success, but then we knew it would be. Actually, it was a cakewalk, as expected. Come on cooks of America; be honest… as the big family dinners go, Thanksgiving is the easiest and cheapest by far. It’s not easy to mess it up, and come on, let’s be honest; the only way you can make a turkey dry is by overcooking it.

Everything was on the table and ready to eat at 4 pm, which was exactly when I planned it, and it was gone about 15 minutes later. Is it worth it to fuss for several days and then have it all gone in 15 minutes?

Well, you can be the judge.

Did anyone care about tradition when the dinner they had been smelling for several hours was ready to eat?

No, of course not, they were hungry.12294657_850390251726271_6475870446804277039_n

Will anybody remember the dinner? No. (As long as there is turkey around somewhere and they got enough to eat.)

Thus, in the final analysis, is Thanksgiving about traditions and form and perfection of execution?

No, not in the slightest; it is about people, love, community and being thankful.

So, why do we knock ourselves out in getting it ready?

People, love, community and being thankful.

Is it a big job? Yes, it is, but it isn’t a burden if you remember why you are doing it. Rather, it is a joy. Yet, with that said, you can make it into a burden if you want to; all you need to do to make it a burden, is to be all about form, ceremony, tradition and “doing it right”. You see, when you come to my house, I’m going to “do it different” and you are going to have fun instead of form.12301552_10208092245612249_4456582888556960494_n

Incidentally, I believe in “doing” church the same way.






About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Well…?

  1. Pingback: People, Love, Community And Being Thankful! | LINES BY LIMING

  2. Glad you enjoyed the family time after all your hard work! I would rather have my family around with me for cheese and biscuits (crackers?) with lots of love and laughter than have everything ‘right’ alone. Family is why we are here. Relationnships with those we love and with God are what’s important.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Exactly right, and it really doesn’t matter what the occasion is!

      Oh, and yes, we call biscuits crackers… I guess that’s because we call biscuits biscuits, but I hear that our biscuits come from your scones… it’s all so confusing 🙂

  3. Don, I couldn’t agree more. With my brother, two nephews, their wives and five grand-nephews and nieces, my heart was full. The only one who cared how the turkey was cooked, how the table was set and even how the dishes were washed was my sister-in-law. We all gave her a wide birth and let her have her way (as long as it didn’t interfere with our having fun) because she cared about that stuff.

    The laughter, hugs and relationships were what the rest of found was important. We had a terrific four days together. Glad you did, too.

  4. Meredith says:

    I need a blueprint for an easy fun way to do it. Next year we’re having ham, much easier.

  5. Barbara Lane says:

    Love your conclusion that it is not about form and tradition – but family and fun!

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