There's so much more to Thanksgiving than turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. I teach my boys that it is the act of giving thanks. I notified the Dean of Students that if there were any students that would be alone this year, to let them know I would have plenty of food and would welcome them with open arms.
Several Thanksgiving's ago, my parents opened their homes and hearts for the holiday for three students that attended Murray State University. Each from another country, far from home and family, with traditions of their own came that day. It was amazing - listening to their stories and watching how their faces lit up when they spoke of home and their own holiday traditions. I no longer remember their names but I remember their faces and remember how much joy there was that day. There are pictures floating around somewhere that I can't put my fingers on right this minute.
This year I challenge you to give thanks instead of thanks giving.
Happy Turkey Day!