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Regardless of how you may feel about “pilgrims”, “indians” and the Thanksgiving lore as a whole, the point is to be thankful. We all can find something to be thankful for. According to the story, each guest brought a dish to share to the Thanksgiving table…a show of community, thanks for a good harvest and survival.

To that end, it would be nice, and should be the standard that we all contribute to the big dinner somehow. I am noticing more and more that the host is expected to provide a meal…appetizers through dessert…with many more dishes than we’d have at a typical dinner. That is a lot of work and a lofty expense. Some of us accept it b/c “so-and-so” is such a great cook (or worse, we go, don’t contribute and complain that “so-and-so” is such a terrible cook…smh). Or, “he”/”she” loves to do it. While both may be true, insist on being part of the GIVING in Thanksgiving. Can’t cook? Bring a pie or cake from your favorite bakery. No good bakeries near you? Get a bottle from the liquor store. Don’t drink? Show up an hour early and help with set up or stay late and help clean up.

Just don’t show up, eat, and leave. And for the love of Chrysler…DO NOT PACK A TO-GO PLATE for yourself or a family member who didn’t attend, unless you ask and are invited to do so. If someone is home sick, or has to work, they shouldn’t miss out on the meal, but still ask first.

Enjoy the day. For some it will be heartwarming and lovely. For others it will be stressful and long. If you can be with people you love (or at least like), you are fortunate. As I consider Thanksgiving the starter pistol of the holiday season, be of good cheer and enjoy the next several weeks.