Being thankful during the holidays

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This is the time of year where I re-watch my favorite holiday movies.

And as I sit down with a warm blanket to watch these personal favorites, the stories make me think about the importance of friends and family.

Once again, this year I will partake in a viewing of Home Alone, Bad Santa and Mixed Nuts.

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No matter the title, just about every holiday movie in that or, any list for that matter, has a similar theme; home is where your friends and family are.

Outside of the surface storylines, the major plot point is that having people in your life is what makes the holidays special. 

Yes, the homemade food offered at such gatherings is also a big selling point. Just thinking about the mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce is making me hungry.

This is one time of the year where we can indulge in some good food and good company.

So, while I will certainly indulge in the food, I’m also looking forward to spending time with friends and family.

Some people may lament that aspect of the holidays, but to me it should be cherished.

Consider the ongoing theme in those movies.

They typically start out with the family getting together just in time for something to go wrong.

The family may not get along at first, but in the end everyone puts aside their differences to overcome the adversity and enjoy the time together.

For those of you who still can’t fathom why people enjoy spending time with each other during this time of year, consider this.

What would life be like without friends and family?

If we’re fortunate, we will live a long and healthy life. But that also means some of the people we cherish today, may not be around tomorrow.

So put aside your differences, and enjoy the short time we have together. And don’t forget to pass the rolls.