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Finding common ground in gratitude

The Lakeville Journal Co. Editorial

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us: It’s about making or buying some favorite foods, sharing them with family and friends and maybe catching some football in between sittings. (Shopping of any kind must be kept at bay until the day after, Black Friday, when for many the gift-buying kicks in and takes over the rest of the month. But really: Need ideas for gifts and fun things to do during the festive season? You can benefit from learning what opportunities are available locally. For that: See the Holiday Gift Guide. And see the holiday briefs throughout the paper for upcoming events.)

This is the year when many more of us will gather after too many COVID-restricted holidays. While the pandemic is not gone, and other bugs are after us all this winter, it will still be the year we will likely feel we can see one another face to face and connect as we haven’t been able to do freely since 2020.

This holiday is singularly American, a day that all who are in this country can take part in (yes, Canada, our North American neighbor, does it too, just on a different day.) This day gives us all the ability to celebrate with a day off to think about gratitude. Can this be the holiday that unites us, rather than divides us?

Maybe, if we can get past the urge to discuss politics with those of different partisan sides at dinner. Still, there’s no better time to get over any polarizing conversations, once the turkey’s tryptophan (or the effects of too much food and drink in general, as is also argued) kicks in and causes drowsiness. We should also remember that it’s a moment in time that won’t come back, and should be taken advantage of to reconnect with family and friends in a positive way.

The elections are over, though it could be there are still some races being decided even as you read this (Georgia’s Senate race is definitely one.) Time to move on and for those who are now in office to attain some goals they set for themselves during the campaign. Take a breather first, share a meal, and enjoy each other’s company. There will be plenty of time for divisiveness later.

This may be the tryptophan talking, but maybe the afterglow of the elections (depending if you liked the outcome) and the warmth of the holidays could take hold, and the country start to veer away from the deep divisions that have plagued it. The midterm elections gave us hope that more moderate views could be what the American people are seeking. Now, that would be something to be profoundly thankful for.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and try to keep some of the comfort of the holidays as winter takes firm control of the next few weeks, and months.

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