Thanksgiving and no shopping

Yesterday I spent the holiday with my best friend and her boyfriend and their parents. We enjoyed a wonderful home-cooked meal in my friend’s new apartment and hours later I was home with enough food to last me a couple of days. One of the best Thanksgiving holidays I’ve ever had. I usually go to Mass on Thanksgiving, but this year I didn’t. I felt like something was missing in the midst of all the good food and good company, and I think next year I’ll have to plan my time better so that I can attend Mass at the start of the day.

I haven’t even thought about shopping so far this weekend and I’m pretty sure I won’t go anywhere near a mall. No Black Friday for me. No stampeding horde of shoppers doing bodily harm to each other while buying Christmas presents, the ultimate lunacy. Advent begins this Sunday and I’m looking forward to focusing on the real meaning of the season, preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ, looking ahead to His return at the end of time. I’m also looking forward to discovering what the new translation will be like since the new missal goes into effect this Sunday too. Yay! It’s about time!

May your own Thanksgiving holiday be filled with warmth and joy and may you remember to thank Him through Whom all things were made. May the peace of Christ be with you, now and always. Amen.

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