My earliest memory of Thanksgiving is in elementary. I was probably 10 or so, and our tiny private school would split each classroom of kids into two groups: pilgrims and indians. We’d get all kinds of paint and 1 brown bag each. The teachers allocated us a role and we decorated accordingly. I was a pilgrim. Always.
Despite the whole indian-discrimination thing, I knew two days of no school and FOOD awaited. These are the warm, fuzzy, turkey-hand art thanksgivings I grew up with. Many moons later, now that I have my own home, I truly understand the kitchen work that goes into giving thanks. It’s part of the fun and doesn’t have to be stressful or unhealthy. We’ve got you covered with some sweet holiday recipes. [link to recipe post]
More importantly, gratitude was not something I took seriously until recently. It’s an area many of us neglect, and it’s pretty easy to get caught up in day-to-day issues while forgetting how lucky many of us are. For me, it’s difficult to focus on the areas of abundance when it’s easier to pinpoint the parts of lack. It’s my human nature and the perfectionist that quickly scans over the areas going well in my life in favor of focusing on the ones I want to develop further.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to evolve and better yourself. It’s this transformational spirit that keeps us from staying complacent. However, taking a beat to congratulate yourself on becoming the fabulous human being you are RIGHT NOW is a must. Go ahead, take a minute and just bask in the thankfulness of your lovely existence, your great friends and supportive family. It’s cool to stay hungry and want more, but today, it’s all about taking a pause to share a meal with your favorite people.
Today, Cris and I are both thanking our lucky stars to have a supportive family. Our partners, parental units and siblings are some of the coolest cats on the planet. They love us and cheer us on, and that is something to truly high five over the thanksgiving table for.
And, of course, our friends.
You are given a family and then you choose one. This wonderful bunch of peeps who make up our human family are a big slice of our thankful pie, so we threw a “Friends-giving” in honor of our collective awesomeness.
Catch us giving thanks with our families below.
Happy Turkey Day! XoXo,
Cris & Cris