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Traditions in America can change, thankfully

By Lee Kendall

Times they are a changin’.
Kelly and I have been married for 32 years and had established some long-standing traditions for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I say “had,” because at least one of those traditions has changed this year.
For the first few years of our marriage, we punished ourselves on Thanksgiving Day by taking in two Thanksgiving feasts. One in Maysville with the Calverts and one in Cynthiana with the Kendalls.
After both of my brothers got married, a new tradition was established. The Kendall boys spent Thanksgiving Day with the in-laws and we had the Kendall Thanksgiving on the Saturday after Black Friday.
I’m sure my parents, particularly my Mom, weren’t really happy with the new arrangement, but I think they understood.
Unfortunately, both of Kelly’s parents passed away several years ago, as did her aunts and uncles, but the Calvert Thanksgiving continued, as her brother and sister  still lived in Maysville.
A few years ago, Thanksgiving for the Calverts was shifted to Louisville, where Kelly’s sister and her husband moved.
This year, however, the Calvert Thanksgiving will not take place. Duff and her husband are going to Baltimore to do Thanksgiving with their daughter, Meg, while Johnny and his wife are heading to Houston to do the same with their daughter, Barbara.
Instead, this year, we will have Thanksgiving with a couple of friends who invited us over to share the day with them.
Before that, Kelly volunteered us to deliver food for an hour or so for the Harvest of Hope, which will be one of the true blessings of Thanksgiving this year.
Traditions are a good thing, but we all have to be flexible enough to establish new traditions.
We are lucky that we live in a country that allows us the freedom to establish these personal traditions and have the ability to change them when we need to.
I think we all take for granted the abundance of food and other “stuff” that we have in America.
Most of us will get our bellies full, starting on Thursday and going into the coming weekend.
Let us not forget those less fortunate than us in our country and around the world and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, let us start thinking about the “reason for the season,” and be ready to reach out a helping hand for those in need.
In spite of all the turmoil and poverty that we face in our country, and around the world, we are truly fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!