Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea and let’s chat.

Forgive me if I’m grumpy; but I am being downright stubborn. I absolutely refuse to shop on Thanksgiving Day. I will not be caught dead rushing the doors of a commercial business on the day after Thanksgiving all in the name of "saving" — for what? Those "deals" will come around again. They always do. I will not put up my Christmas tree — even a tiny one — before the week-end AFTER Thanksgiving. I will not turn on Christmas music on the radio or any other player until after Thanksgiving.

I have mentioned Christmas shows and the Greenbrier Christmas parade already only because I want you to enter the parade and attend the shows people have worked on so hard to make you happy during "the season." That does not mean I will run out to a store to buy Christmas or Hanukkah presents before or on the day we should be giving thanks for all our blessings. People need the time on Thanksgiving to give thanks — even store employees!

We are rich with blessings, for which I am grateful. Thank you for a long life — and that of my friends — in relatively good health. I have a little eye surgery coming up, but that is minor compared to others facing much more. Thank you for the blessings of family whom I can hug and love. Thank you for my mind which usually stays in a normal condition of sanity (well mostly). Thank you for this great country and the fact we are free to travel anywhere, hug our neighbor without seeming insane, yell and party together (or not), vote and write.  Ah, yes, write! It might seem old-fashioned, but I still believe in teaching our youngsters to write thank you notes. Sending and/or receiving a hand-written note these days is so unusual that it is extra special when you get one. And, finally, I am grateful that I have finally reached a stage in my life where I cannot think of anything I want except for the happiness and well-being of my friends and family. May your Thanksgiving day also be one of thankfulness.

Blessings to Kevin and Donna Lyon on 23 years of wedded bliss.

Be sure to attend the free Community Thanksgiving meal at the Immanuel Baptist Church tonight at 5:30. Show your gratitude by helping and visiting with those who need nurturing.

‘Til next time, give me a call or drop me a line if you would like to chat……

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