2000-12-02 / Columnists

Inner Voice

Now that it’s time for the holidays people gear themselves up for the shopping frenzy that’s suppose to be an act of love. We celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday in which the Native Americans helped the starving Puritans survive in their lands. Americans then proceeded to slaughter them. Columbus Day, another holiday, celebrates the discovery of land, which was inhabited and discovered long ago by others. Times have changed. As Americans we’ve grown to accommodate all peoples that have been tied to this land. We’re told what to eat, what to do to be happy at holiday gatherings, and many people suffer with their own personal losses.

For myself Thanksgiving has always been a day to thank a higher power for all the good things I have but I try to do that everyday. So what makes this day special? I guess it’s the personal feelings and thoughts that each person brings to any celebration. I will be meeting new people this year and it will be interesting to see what we all think, if we even get to discuss it. I know some focus on sports, and that’s the highlight. So, I’m open to be connected to other people. Each person has a different idea of how a holiday should be, and to me that’s what makes life so interesting. I’m prepared to be open with a loving heart, and let each day unfold. Holidays are difficult because of all the preconceived notions of how a holiday should be, so I’ve decided to always celebrate it in a way that feels good to me. One year I decided to make a vegetarian Thanksgiving. It was so much work following complicated recipes, and everyone said "Never again." To this day, 15 years later, my family still talks about it and we all laugh. It was memorable because we brought ourselves into it rather than the other way around. We don’t try to be a television family but more importantly we express as we are at that moment in time. That’s what sticks in our minds.

As December rolls in, I ask myself how I would like to enjoy the holidays. I try to stick close to what will make me happy. Will it be good or bad is immaterial. What is more important is that I’m making the moment alive for myself so the outcome is fun no matter what. It’s more relaxing and exciting to make each person a part of the process of holiday planning. Sometimes the wacky ones are the ones we remember and enjoy the most.

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