Thanksgiving leaves me with mixed emotions. Many moons ago, long before The Crochet Crowd, I used to partake in Thanksgiving. I remember nearly everyone in the family, at that time, hated the whole holiday. People were upset they were dressing up, forced to cook an elaborate meal and fake conversations being exchanged. We would laugh at non-funny stories and our smiles would be more ‘Grin and Bear It’. Secretly we were watching the clock on the wall to determine how long is good enough to stay before jetting home.
So what do you do? Do we continue to fake our way through the holidays and partake in something just because it’s a tradition? Or do we redefine the holidays to make it more meaningful?
Daniel and I are a classic example who have redefined the holidays to allow it to match our lives. We don’t have children, so we are not expected to partake in the holidays to show our ‘would be’ children the traditions that were taught to us.
The art of Thanksgiving is beyond one weekend a year. It’s being thankful for someone holding a door for you at the store. It’s having gratitude for when you drop something and someone else instinctively offers you a helping hand without being asked. It’s the acknowledgement of your neighbours who wave at you as you pass down the street. It’s these kinds of gifts don’t come in pretty wrapping or a fabulous silver bow. They come at no charge and as the gift that is being given is ‘acknowledgement’. Being acknowledged is something worth giving thanks for.
My belief in being acknowledged is the foundation of The Crochet Crowd. We each have something to offer each other. Yarn is a common connector that brings us together. Like any good yarn show, when people express their creativity and share the concepts with us, it’s up to ALL OF US, not just Cathy, Daniel or myself to praise someone by ourselves. Our community has tens of thousands of participants that each have the power to make a stranger’s day really bright. We know the feeling of being praised and how good it makes us feel.
Giving the gift of appreciation and ‘thanks for sharing’ is much needed in today’s society. Ask yourself, what do you have to be grateful for? You may find more reasons than you may ever realize.