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11 Thoughts Behind The Smiles of A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

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With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we start another holiday season. As much as we wish for a Norman Rockwell Holiday, that’s not what most of us will have.

Don’t worry, I won’t launch into a sappy devotional about how you should be thankful you don’t live in the gutter because most likely you’d rather get punched in the throat.

I get it.

You’ve all heard the saying, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving family seems too good to be true—we all long for it–but behind those smiles are these thoughts:

1. Good grief, I hope the blessing doesn’t take too long, I’m starving!
2. You’re kidding right? Hold hands and say what we’re thankful for? Out loud? Awkward.
3. I wonder if Dad wants to be buried in that suit?
4. Is Aunt Mae ever gonna stop talking?
5. Why can’t we keep the game on?
6. Oh no, here comes the interrogation from Mom.
7. Oh my gosh, not this conversation again.
8. How many more times do we have to get together in the next month?
9. I can’t wait until January 2.
10. Tell me she did not just say that to my kid.

And I bet the guy on the bottom right is thinking:
11. Next year, I’m going skiing in Colorado.

As much as we’re pressured from the media (and Pinterest) to have the best Thanksgiving EVER—the best ever turkey, the best ever table settings, the best ever sweet potatos and the best ever relationships (cause all families are facebook perfect like Rockwell’s painting, right?)—most of us have to accept what is.

Because life is what it is.

And we can be thankful for that.

Accepting what is doesn’t mean we don’t strive for better. It doesn’t mean we don’t hope for improvements. When we accept life as it is we find peace in the moment. We realize life comes with flaws.

And it’s okay.

Living in the moment is when we will find thankfulness. While in the present, we’re not agonizing over the past or fretting about the future. We accept what’s now. Where you are now, is where you are supposed to be. You don’t have to stay there, but you can find peace there.

So, my friend, I wish you the best Thanksgiving EVER—even if the turkey’s dry, the table decorations are from the 70’s and your relationships aren’t perfect.

Because less than perfect can be the best ever.

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” ~1 Timothy 4:4-5

Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light. You can visit her at her own site,

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