Thursday's Thoughts

These thoughts on Thanksgiving were written by Reva Hammons, TEEM graduate and substitute teacher

What the Holidays mean to me?

Holidays mean different things to different people. Some people say the holidays mean receiving gifts; some feel it means peace and joy; others just like the fact they can eat all day long. This time of the year, no matter how people feel about the holidays, everything is peaceful and joyful.

Family is the biggest reason I love the holidays. The other day, I got a Christmas tree and then my boyfriend and I went and got the decorations and fixed the tree. I was happy because my boyfriend was there but I still felt as if something was missing. As soon as my younger brother walked through the door, it felt like Christmas was finally here. I was shocked that my spirits were down even though I just got my first Christmas tree in my own apartment and it took one of my family members to walk in and make the day feel right.

The other thing I like about the holidays is how people care for one another. People come up to you in the street and speak to you. They are more willing to lend a helping hand. The holidays make the generous side of people come out. Around this time of year, people take the time to care.

Food is a big part of the holidays; without it, it just feels like another day. The food makes everything come together. The smell of turkey, candied yams, greens, dressing, and ham are just a few of the goodies that are prepared for the holidays. Then you also have the treats such as sweet potato pie, pecan pie, lemon cake, fruit cake, holiday candy, and candy canes. Sitting in the kitchen watching my mother, aunts, sister, and other family members passing down family recipes is a really special memory for me.

The holidays are a special time of year. It’s a time to look back over the year with friends and family. Share goals for the future with loved ones. Spend time laughing and crying with the ones that you love. Most of all enjoy being together.