I’ve come to realize that military life can make it so the date on the calendar doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the date on the calendar is VERY important, such as anticipating a deployment or, in happier circumstances, counting down to a homecoming. Other times though, the exact date on the calendar isn’t the important thing.
We celebrated our Thanksgiving this past weekend since we won’t be able to on the actual day. For us, the day the calendar labels as Thanksgiving will be a pretty typical day, with the exception of Big Bit not being in school. We had a fantastic Thanksgiving, though. We had a home filled with family and friends, good food (if I do say so myself), and football. All in all a pretty traditional Thanksgiving. So what if it was a few days early? We got to enjoy being in each other’s company and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. I’m pretty sure that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.
Military life makes it’s own calendar. In our case, Thanksgiving came early this year. For some trying to work around deployment schedules, Christmas may come a month early, or a month late. The date isn’t important. What’s important is being able to celebrate together. Considering that there are always plenty of families that don’t get the chance to celebrate together, fudging by a few days or even a whole month isn’t a big deal, at least not to me. For me the holidays are about being with those you love, the date on the calendar doesn’t matter.
May you all have very happy Thanksgivings, whether they happen early, on time, or late!