Dear Thanksgiving,

This is what people think you are all about: food, football, and family. But don’t worry; I have your back.

Yes, it is true that you are set aside as a day of feasting, allowing family and friends to come together to eat, watch football games, and pass out in a food coma. Alas, you were made for much more than this.

You were made for contemplating, considering, reflecting, and resting. You were made for sharing. You were made for giving.

People often think of you as a party that was held by British colonists and Native Americans in New England, nothing more than a tradition. But I say that with all of the craziness going on in the world, you need to be so much more than just a tradition.

You must take on greater role and be appreciated for more than just turkey and pumpkin pie.

What if people actually designated Thanksgiving as a day for thanking each other? What if people actually did what the Pilgrims and Native Americans did: set aside their differences and create peace? Imagine how much more you would be recognized, Thanksgiving.

All days should be modeled after you. You and I both know that the world would be a better place if people made a special effort to send a thank you note or call each other.

I’m not saying that food and football shouldn’t be a part of you. They should. But they shouldn’t be the main focus, and they shouldn’t distract from your real purpose.

Keep up the good work, Thanksgiving.


Renee Umsted