With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on how we could celebrate more lovingly. Here’s the tension for me. During the holidays I want to be with my family, who tends to celebrate them in the traditional American way: all the family gathered with plenty of food and drink and gifts to go around. But year after year I hurt more for the folks who don’t have food and things, or worse, those who don’t have friends or family to share the holidays with. So, now I’m thinking about how our extended family could practice hospitality during the holiday season, and how I can encourage it.
To stimulate your reflection, here’s a great story of one man, who, having lost all that stuff, has built a family around a holiday meal.
What do you think? What are some way we can be creative about valuing traditional family celebrations, while looking outward to those who need a friend this time of year?