HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH (a bit early)
from all of us genealogy turkeys at Onward To Our Past®!
As we all know genealogy and family gatherings go together as nicely as mashed potatoes and gravy, or perhaps this year latkes and sour cream!
If you follow me you know that Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. It is noncommercial, based on sharing and gratitude, and it is focused on family, friends, fun, and of course the food and the feast! While I am distressed that this year there is a movement by the crass commercialism of Christmas and those obsessed with corporate greed to steal this holiday away from us, they have that right … just as I have the right to refuse to participate in it. It sticks in my craw, but I’ll let it go since it is not the focus of my post here.
The more I think about Thanksgivukkah, the more I realize that this holiday, this year, is the perfect example of genealogy in action! The mashup of all that we have in our family trees with all our ancestors is much like Thanksgivukkah this year.
Different aspects of our families coming together at the same time, but with differing focuses. How wonderful! To acknowledge all that there is to be celebrated by ALL the members of our families!
A time of acceptance, perhaps widening our awareness, learning more about something we ‘know’ about, but don’t really know!
This holiday, which started with different races of people together, sharing, accepting and giving thanks, is the perfect time for us to reflect on the need for acceptance in our lives. Acceptance of others’ religious beliefs, points of view, sexual orientation, religion, skin color, and much, much more. No matter how we might view our ancestors and how they might have lived their lives, we don’t omit them from our family trees. We don’t omit them simply because they may have had different skin color, followed a different religion or followed no religion. They deserve their place in our family trees and so we place them in their rightful position in our families.
In my thinking, this is also a good time for us to remember the value in civil discourse and the ability to ‘agree to disagree’.
Very few issues in life are simply ‘black or white’. The world is complex, people are complex, and issues in our world are made up of shades of grey.
This year is the only year in our lifetimes that we will be blessed with this convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
There is no better time to be thankful for all people! To be gracious to all! To be accepting and understanding.
Have a blessed, fun, wonderful, and inclusive Thanksgivukkah!
Time for me to finish up my To Do list …. so I’ll leave you with this photo from a Thanksgiving past …. just so you know what I’ll be doing this Thanksgivukkah!