One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is leftovers. For some reason everything tastes even better the next day. Maybe 24 hours gives the sage in the dressing and all spice in the pumpkin pie time to really do its work. When I was a kid Mom would bone the turkey into bite-sized pieces and hide them in the freezer. Every brown sack school lunch the next week would have white bread, mayonnaise, and almost-thawed-turkey sandwich. Fabulous!
By now most of the leftover turkey has been finished off or frozen, we’ve tackled Black Friday with Excel spread sheets and the relatives have gone back home. Peace on earth has returned, maybe.
Thanksgiving can set the stage for wonderful memories or a nightmarish 4 week dread of Christmas. And it’s all based on leftovers ... not the food kind.
There’s a gloom that can creep in and stick like tree sap if we let it. The sheer adrenaline crash after the long weekend is enough to exhaust most of us. And dealing with a cracky, rude uncle, or a mother whose expectations will never be met, or entitled kids home from college will wear down the strongest. Those people may all be gone, but the snide, sarcastic comments and lack of consideration have left many just wanting to sleep until January 2.
My pastor friend Jim Fryer posted today, “There are over seven billion people on this earth. Are you going to let one person ruin your day?” I think that’s one way of asking if you’re going to let Aunt Martha’s comment about your tough pie crust or your dad’s joking about your lack of football skills hang around like spoiled leftovers.
So, toss all that in the trash and take it out. According to the music piped in at the mall “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. The exciting thing is we get to choose; recount our blessings and enjoy the holidays or nibble on emotional leftovers for the next month. What will you do?