Don’t you wish Thanksgiving lasted another 364 days?

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Don’t you wish Thanksgiving stretched for an entire year?  Three hundred sixty-four more days?

Not the feasting part of Thanksgiving.  Not the eating part.  Not the traveling part.  Not the family get-together part.  (Although all those can be good parts!)


It’s the gratitude part that I wish would last all year.  The Thanks-giving part.  The giving of thanks. 

What if we recognized every day as a day of Thanks-giving?  What would our world be like?  Would our focus on gratitude overwhelm our focus on what’s wrong with life?  Would slowly, slowly, slowly (or quickly?) our world begin to reflect what’s right rather than what’s wrong? 

I would like to think it might be so.

You might think–looking at these winter photos–that sun shines outside the window today.

You would be wrong.

Baby Christmas Trees

On this, the day after Thanksgiving, a storm rages outside the warm house.  Not a total white-out storm, but a storm nonetheless.  Wind howls and snarls.  Windows shake.  The woodstove burns brighter.

My early Black Friday activity involved attempting to open the frozen door of the car.  Turning on the fan and defrosting full-blast.  Scraping the window.  Shivering.  Returning to the house to brush teeth and hair before venturing out in the pre-dawn black and white world.

Off to work at the school.  Early.  Usually I venture in around 11 a.m. for my hours of work, but today was different.  No kids.  No teachers.  Everyone lounged at home, digesting turkey and green bean casserole and potatoes and stuffing or whatever they ate during yesterday’s feast. 

Quiet school, built in the early 1900’s, wind shrieking in the window cracks.  Radiators humming.  Me, in my upstairs office, feeling cocooned from the storm. 

In my last blog I posted black and white photos.  Except they weren’t black and white photos.  They were simply photos of what our world looks like on a gray day in November.  Black.  White.  Only minor splashes of tan in grasses or a red fence. 

We live in a black and white world.

Then the sun, unexpectedly, bursts out for fifteen minutes.  These photos were all taken during a quarter-hour of sun.  Before the gray clouds reasserted themselves.  Before the snow gathered in the heavy clouds.  Before the storm.

Can you hear "Carol of the Bells"?

Have you been listening to Christmas carols?  I have.  Barry said it’s not official–and we can’t listen to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving (which would make today the Official Starting Day of the Christmas season).  I disagree.  Kiah called early in the month with joy in her voice after listening to her first Christmas songs.  She inspired me to start listening early.  She said listening to Christmas music can cheer you up if you’re feeling blue.  She is right.

I wish I could tell you that I’m not shopping today.  You know–to be a lone voice against the million of Black Friday shoppers advocating the Simple Lifestyle.  However, I have a couple of on-line Christmas purchases to make. 

What am I grateful for on this post-Thanksgiving day, this Black Friday? 

I am grateful for the beauty of the storm, for good tires on the car, for a wonderful place to work.  I am grateful for health, for a deep spiritual connection, for two wonderful children.  For Barry.  For extended family.  For the family of those who read this blog.  I am grateful for being able to create…to share…to connect with others living on this blue and green (and black and white) spinning globe.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader.  Every day of the year.

(Hark!  Is the sun peeking through the storm?  Could it be so?)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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23 Responses to Don’t you wish Thanksgiving lasted another 364 days?

  1. Nicole Smith says:

    So much snow everywhere. Feels strange to be in a place where there is absolutely no snow on the ground – we saw a few drifting flakes this morning but only predicting about an inch of accumulation over the next day or so.

    • Kathy says:

      Nicole, there certainly IS alot of snow around here. And it keeps coming down, down, down, ceaselessly. I am wondering if you are wishing for some more snow, or glad of its absence. So good to hear from you.

  2. Marianne says:

    Lovely post, Kathy! Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world.

  3. jeffstroud says:

    How sweet! Beautiful photographs!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I thought it would be “fair and balanced” to show the black-and-white world and then contrast it with the sunshiny world. However, when Barry came home from work and said “You need to take pictures of the snowstorm!” I protested. “NO! Enough snow pics on the blog for a while!” He smiled and said, “It’s going to be a long winter…”

  4. Dawn says:

    Hope you didn’t have to work too long. I worked today too…but only till 3. Nice to have a short day once in awhile. And the phone didn’t all is good! Another thing to be thankful for!

    I’m planning an anti-black Friday blog soon…maybe even this year! 🙂

    Yep. It’s going to be a loooonnng winter here too!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, glad you didn’t have to work too long. Me, either. I only worked about 3 1/2 or 4 hours. Of course I’m part time, so that’s not unusual. And our phone only rang once–and it was Barry. I will look forward to your anti-black Friday blog. This year or next!

  5. Karma says:

    I have to say, I’m glad I still have no pictures of snow to take – but yours are pretty! Nicer to look at it on the computer than in my yard.
    I’m usually not ready for Christmas music until December 1st – that day arrives quickly though.
    I’m thankful for the blog families too!

    • Kathy says:

      It’s almost December 1st, Karma! Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la. (Is that the right number of “la’s”? (I’m thankful for blog families too.)

  6. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I like this so very much. The thought that eventually (maybe sooner than later) the world will begin reflecting what we see as right rather than what we perceive as wrong. Lovely, lovely photos!! I really appreciate how your words and photos flow together and add to (illuminate) each other.

    How about Sacred Friday rather than Black Friday 🙂

  7. Carol says:

    Beautiful sentiments and photos. Our forecast is calling for more snow tonight and tomorrow too. We had a wee bit of sunshine earlier, and now we’re back to black and white. Snuggled comfortably inside the house where it’s warm and dry. Feeling thankful still.

  8. John says:

    It has been three years since we have been able to spend Thanksgiving in L’Anse. Watching a snow storm from our front window come across the Keweenaw is awesome. Seeing the hills across the bay disappearing, then Baraga slips into the white. The bay slowly shrinks as the snow forges forward ’til it envelopes the house leaving us sitting in a cloud of white. As usual I envy your location. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      John, you must schedule a Thanksgiving in L’Anse asap! How about next year? I also love how it looks by the bays. A little bit different than in the woods…

  9. holessence says:

    “The Thanks-giving part. The giving of thanks.”

    Kathy, I love your distinction — thank you!

  10. All the best on your festive beginnings and thanks – giving gratitudes. I couldn’t sleep and it was here I came to browse for a bit while sipping strawberry pomegranate tea, in the dark of the night, in the quiet, keyboard soft taps to my fingers. I am grateful Kathy for your company, your inspiration and your friendship.

  11. Cindy Lou says:

    Oh, oh…so many beautimous photos today, but I fell in love with “Green, Blue, White”. It’s so sparkly clear! Thanx! I took a walk in the woods when it was blanketed with snow, but my camera was out at camp. Had to keep reminding myself not to moan about not having it, but to rejoice in just being able to be out in it.

    I cranked up my Christmas music on Friday! No one home but me and the dogs…Kiah’s right. It does make one happy! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Glad you were able to rejoice, even without your trusty camera. Cindy Lou, do you dance around the house to lively Christmas music? I did a dance fest last night! Used to do that when the girls were young, not so much anymore. Chris said he was telling his girlfriend about my crazy dancing around the house.

  12. schroera says:

    I just found your blog as I was doing some publicity for my new book “364 Days of Thanksgiving.” I appreciate the sentiment of your article. That’s what my book is all about, being thankful all year round. If you have a chance, check it out. It’s available on I think it is right up your alley. God’s blessings on your Thanksgiving celebrations this year!

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