This year I have had a realization of sorts of just how many people may spend the Thanksgiving holiday alone. It’s not even people you would expect. Thanksgiving is traditionally a family holiday, so if someone is a transplant and can’t afford to travel, they may spend it alone. If someone just doesn’t want to spend the day with their family, they may spend it alone. Regardless of the reason, even if they seem alright with it, Thanksgiving Thursday has to be a bit lonely if a person is not spending it surrounded by people and indulging in butter-laden casseroles. So, this week’s suggestion of how you can change the world is to change someone’s day by doing one of two things…
1. If you are staying local for the holiday, dig through your mind for people you know that may not have a place to go for Thanksgiving (an elderly neighbor, a single coworker) and invite them over for Thanksgiving! Sure, it may be awkward. But, you will most likely gain a new friend from it all! There is NO better way to get to know someone than by sharing a delicious meal across the table. If they say no to your invite, no biggie! Worse case scenario is that you make them feel loved and wanted. (Don’t worry about your family embarrassing you… every one has got that one crazy uncle.)
2. If you, like me, are traveling for Thanksgiving, think about someone who may not be able to and send them a Thanksgiving care package. I got this idea from my mom, when neither of my brothers could make the trip home last year. We baked some pumpkin cookies, bought a candle and a rooster centerpiece (don’t ask why), and mailed those babies off. I am doing that this year for a friend who is in grad school in Illinois and not coming home until Christmas.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
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