Giving Thanks.

I was all ready to write a snarky, irreverent Thanksgiving post when I read this heartfelt reminder of what the holiday is all about by my friend Sara. Go read it. I’ll wait.

She’s right, you know. Life is short—and can be cut even shorter at any moment. I had my own health scare earlier this year. One that had me contemplating my own mortality—and later, thanking my lucky stars.

So instead of giving you all a dose of snark, I’ll remind you to put aside your cynicism, your old family quarrels and your holiday-induced anxiety.

Let your Great Aunt Bertha’s nasty backhanded compliments go in one ear and out the other.

Eat your grandma’s famously inedible green bean casserole.

Laugh at your Uncle Markie Mark’s ridiculously unfunny jokes.

Spend some time hanging with the littles at the kids’ table, and with the oldies next to the fireplace.

Eat turkey. Watch football. Give thanks for the time you get to spend with your loved ones—even if that time is brought to you by Skype.

It’s a cold, cruel world out there. Be grateful for the ones who help make it a warmer, happier place.

And know that I, for one, am grateful for each and every one of you.

16 Comments on Giving Thanks.

  1. sara@domesticallychallenged
    November 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh! You made me cry AND made my day with this Amber. Thank you so much- beyond words.

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

      (((hugs))) Hope you’re having a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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  2. one cluttered brain
    November 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Also be grateful for the roof overhead. And for the jobs that we get no matter how permanent they might be.
    And for love.
    Lovely post.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm (5 years ago)

      Happy Thanksgiving, lady!

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  3. sherri/the claw
    November 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm (5 years ago)

    how did you know I had an Uncle Markie Mark? great post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm (5 years ago)

      And Happy Thanksgiving to you. Enjoy your turkey coma!

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  4. Rebecca
    November 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm (5 years ago)

    My family members are all my biggest fans. I cherish them and love them all.

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm (5 years ago)

      Then you are a lucky woman indeed. Happy Thanksgiving.

      Reply
  5. Lady Jennie
    November 25, 2010 at 10:40 am (5 years ago)

    Sara’s was a beautiful post. And I’m proud of you for giving up the snark. I didn’t even know they said snark in IN!

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Well, I’m not really from here, so…I pretend to be a little cooler than the average hoosier (although I’m actually not).

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  6. Erin
    November 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love Sara’s post – I love your post !

    I am thankful that I found the world of blogging and I am most grateful that I found you:) You are truly one of my VERY FAVORITE blogs!!

    Enjoy your turkey, your family and even a little snark:)

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    • Amber
      November 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without a little snark. Hope yours is fab too!

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  7. Kelly
    November 26, 2010 at 12:16 am (5 years ago)

    Perfect sentiment. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  8. Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels
    November 26, 2010 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

    I love the spirit of Thanksgiving! It sucks that I cannot celebrate it, now that we are in Switzerland! Neither one of us is American, either, so we don’t even have that excuse!

    belated Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it was a wonderful one!

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  9. Charlotte
    November 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us (and for introducing me to Sara’s site). It’s such an important reminder of what truly is important during the holiday season.

    Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving. Sending much love your way.

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