I was listening to NPR today and I heard a promo for a radio show that was going to be on later that day. The promo talked about getting everything ready for the “perfect Thanksgiving,” and it got me thinking…
Do we really need to encourage perfectionism? Especially at a time of year when we focus on our attitude of gratitude, do we need to put more pressure on people to perform for the holidays? People feel so much pressure to perform in their jobs, to perform for their families, to perform for guests and friends, why do we add the stress of perfection to the holiday (didn’t that word come from the contraction of two words; Holy and Day?)?
Well…this year, I am NOT going to plan a perfect Thanksgiving. I am going to plan an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Our family has a friend coming to visit and I plan on having the house at acceptable status (clean bathroom, clean sheets and floors, clean kitchen, and dining room). I plan on having food that is good enough. If the turkey is done and has some crispy skin, that will be enough. There will be gravy for any dryness. Cranberry sauce out of the can, is enough. Store bought pies will be enough.
The holiday will be spent making and enjoying some food, but we will also be enjoying one another. We will be playing games that the kids like. We will be talking, and laughing. We will be soaking in the goodness that is the blessing of good family time and good friends together.
This holiday will not be stress free, but we will be creating an attitude of generosity and gratitude. We will be GRATEFUL for all the good things God gives and gives and gives. And it will be enough and God will do more. Dayenu!