Since I will be in transit today, then at a parade tomorrow morning before the afternoon feast, I wanted to wish everyone a happy, festive, and safe Thanksgiving. I really love Thanksgiving and cannot stand that the recent enveloping of Thanksgiving by businesses craving the shopping sprees of Christmas buying has increasingly blurred what a great holiday Thanksgiving is (despite what Bill O’Felafel claims about the nonexistent “war on Christmas”). This really is a time to give thanks, to be joyful and appreciative of what we have, to spend with family making merry, and to consider those of us unfortunately less fortunate. These are tough times and they might well get worse economically. Yet we all have much for which to be thankful–family, friends, the opportunity to get to know and converse with each other, and some things more basic–food, shelter, clothing, heat, water, a place to call home. I am thankful for all these people and things, and for you, all the good readers here at The Heartland, who have done so much day in and day out to make this little place into so much, however humble its confines are. Thanks to all of you.
Please enjoy the holiday and be thankful for whatever you like. Please also consider the less fortunate in these trying times. Happy Thanksgiving!