There are lots of things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving 2017. I have a new perspective this year, as I am spending the biggest “food day” of the year on a liquid diet in preparation for my bariatric surgery this coming Tuesday. Some people have expressed sympathy (I can’t believe you have to do this on Thanksgiving!), cluelessness (why did you pick Thanksgiving to do this?), but mostly support (I’ll be praying for yo You can do this, etc.). 

This day has its origins in a bunch of travelers having a meal being grateful they were still alive. Since then, it has morphed into a day where the food is the centerpiece, followed closely by the shopping debauchery that has now become a part of Thanksgiving Day itself, as merchants try to out-do each other to get shoppers away from the dinner table and into their stores, because, of course, your loved ones will not feel any love unless you rack up new levels of debt buying things they recipient won’t even remember by January 15. 

I don’t want to get into a debate on the morals, or lack thereof, on Thanksgiving weekend. I do think it’s a good idea to do some real reflection. If you are planning to eat your big meal early so you can be the first one in line at the store later, exactly why is that? If that’s what you choose to do, then that’s OK. I will not judge anyone. I just think it’s a good idea to know WHY we do the things we do at these holiday celebrations. 

I will enjoy the 3 NFL games and the college games, like the Egg Bowl for the bragging rights of the state of Misipi. I will continue to prepare for my big operation on Tuesday and look forward to a very transformative 2018, in more ways than one.