THANKFULNESS THURSDAY PT. 3 // THANKSGIVING

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Today we striped thanksgiving to its core. My mother, sister and I cooked a smaller meal in terms of what the normal Thanksgiving feast is like and called a day of movie watching, eating Costco pumpkin pie, and drinking Abuelita good. It's one of the simplest Thanksgivings we've had in the last couple of years.

There wasn't an El Salvadorian styled turkey this year or lots of family stopping by. No food comas, or drunk relatives. For that, I am thankful for. The madness of Black Friday sales haven't been thought about and Christmas music isn't playing...yet. It's been quiet and humble. Nothing big and fancy just my mother, sister and I and what we have.

My mother has been talking about how we shouldn't cook a huge turkey for just a couple of people when there are so many people suffering in this world. People who barely have enough money for a meal a day are relying on God to get them through the holidays. . Ones that do not have their family supporting them or are near them. There are people who are suffering from depression through the holidays. I think about how difficult it must be for people suffering to see the advertisements of what a Thanksgiving is supposed to look like and pictures of people they know sharing pictures of their table's full of food.

For this reason, it's fair to have a simpler holiday than one that so much effort is put into. Although it's nice to be with your family on the holidays and eat as much food as possible it's also pleasant to simply be with the people you love in the simplest of ways. This is how I was raised. To appreciate the people and things I have in my life now.

I am thankful for being gratified by the simpler things in life. I don't need anything fancy to be satisfied. A sense of belonging, support from the people who I love the most, faith, a roof over my head, good physical and mental health, and enough money to get by are all I need. Because there are many that do not have a lot of those things, those are the things I am most thankful to have this year.


Enjoy this non-related picture. I took this picture in late spring this year. Cute little frog and some flowers. 

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  1. a humbling post... "I don't need anything fancy to be satisfied." amen, sister. thank you for this reminder.

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    1. Rosie, thank you for your comment! <3 Glad to serve as a reminder!

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  2. This was a great reminder. Our Thanksgivings aren't super huge but since there's 13 people it takes a lot!! It's crazy how half world is obese and the other half are starving. (Just about)
    Great post!!! xx

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    1. Thank you Paige! 13! That is a lot! It is a crazy mad world. Thank you for your comment!

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  3. Loved this! It is so calming to just be with the people you love and be really truly satisfied with it all. Also that frog is adorable.

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. It's a really great feeling. Thank you dear!

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  4. This is such a beautiful perspective! You're so right, there is a whole image we're being sold of what Thanksgiving "should" look like, and that can be really difficult to live up to. I love the idea of a simpler Thanksgiving! It sounds like a lot of fun. My family and I had a smaller, quieter dinner this year, too. And we watched all the movies! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! being the black sheep is sometimes one of the best things you can do. Glad you enjoyed your thanksgiving as well!

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  5. I love that. It's sounds like a better take on the holiday, just being grateful for what you have and enjoying your family.

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    1. Thank you! Glad to have shared my insight with you!

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  6. Love this post! And that frog is so cute. <3 <3

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