There’s a lot to be said for the joy the holidays bring – or any celebration, for that matter. Whether it be a birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas or a reunion, the ease of the conversation, the steady flow of wine, the melodic sound of laughter and the joy of being with a close-knit group of people is unequalled. There is an undefined comfort level that allows us to become absorbed in the festivities that surround us. The fact that we can gorge ourselves and have an excuse to eat everything in sight with only a few fleeting moments of guilt is sublime.
The molecules change in the room when family and friends get together for a holiday celebration. There is something intrinsically sacred about holidays and the memories that are created within those moments. Time has a way of strategically obliterating those precious seconds as it marches on at a frantic pace, but our memories have a way of stopping that clock, if only for a few moments.
Holidays are a portal. They can freeze time and create a vortex that allows us to travel back and relive certain periods in our lives. The memories wrap themselves around us like a blanket and soothe us with the warmth of the times that have engaged us and truly breathe a bit of life back into our frenzied lives.
Although many holidays have passed and are collecting dust in the books of my hallowed history, watching my brother “float” his dinner in gravy brings back a rush of nostalgia, and that, to me, is what the holidays are truly about….personal moments that any other person would find arbitrary but, to me, define my holiday experience.
Our Canadian Thanksgiving begins today and the glaring items that will be missing, as always, will be my mom and dad. I know they will be with us in spirit, especially during the making of my brother’s always spectacular turkey dinner which may be delayed by a week this year. Undoubtedly, they will be looking over his shoulder, whispering secrets into his ear, so he can make her stuffing just the way she used to and carve the turkey in a way my dad would heartily approve.
Embrace your family, enjoy the moments and get stuffed with those memories. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.