Thanksgiving’s Prize Recipe

There’s no such thing as a normal day, even if you’re in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Antarctica, or here in the United States.


Live all your days with thanksgiving! Photo by Ylanite Koppens

This is the prize recipe for a wonderful Thanksgiving. The primary ingredients are you!

Be in the moments of the day. Stop. Sit. Listen. Look. Taste new things. Breathe in deep. Remember those stimuli. Write them in the Notes section of your phone so you can come back to them on a day that’s full of dark clouds.

Savor the smells.

Hug as though you may never see family members and friends again.

Take photos. Lots of them. Serious and goofy. Selfies and of others. This is the only day you will ever be this young again. Don’t forget to smile!

Laugh. Like Santa. Loud! Or chuckle if that’s more your style. And through your laughter, fill the halls.

Cry — those onions and butter and celery for the stuffing! Departing friends and family who you only see once or twice a year. It’s okay to show your emotions. They need to know how important they are to you. Every day. Not just today.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the warmth and comfort of your home. That is, unless you happen to be in NYC. Even then, I’ve been told it’s more enjoyable on TV!

Celebrate! Even in the darkest corners of your mind you have reasons to celebrate. There is blood pumping through your body, right? Start with that if you must. At least it’s a beginning, right?

Pray. Thank God for watching over you. For bringing your gathering into one place. Life is so hectic these days.

Be thankful for what you have and count your many blessings.

Share with others so they know how much you mean to them.

If you try, you can ensure there are few “normal” days in your life.

For if you live this way, i.e., life to its fullest, all your days will become days of Thanksgiving!



Donald J. Claxton - Woodsman by Design

Donald J. Claxton is a woodsman by design. He tent camps during summer in Upper Michigan and makes wooden crosses and carves caricatures to make a living.