I’m so glad that’s over.
Thanksgiving has lost a lot of its luster for me. If you are like the average person, you ate way too much, wasted money on Thanksgiving dinner, threw money away on Black Friday and probably made most of your family members happy that they only see you twice a year.
The average Thanksgiving meal costs around $50 to produce. That is the same as about 35 meals for people who are on food stamps. Since food stamps were cut by $5 billion dollars recently, about one in every six families in America had a little less to be thankful for around the table.
Thanksgiving is one of the very few days all year where cooking at home is more expensive than eating out.
For those who had the luxury of those pricier meals, you probably consumed more calories at that meal than you normally would in two or three days.
Some estimates say that a big Thanksgiving meal could be as much as 4,500 calories.
That’s a lot of turkey and pie.
It would be the equivalent of
• Nine large boxes of French fries from McDonalds.
• Two medium pepperoni pizzas.
• Four medium cookie dough Blizzards from Dairy Queen.
• Or 48 chicken wings.
I hope if that was you on Thursday that you are asking for a treadmill for Christmas.
Either way, I hope the family gathering was enjoyable. I know it is fun to sit and listen to people complain for most of the day and then sit around a table for dinner and tell you all they are thankful for.
We all have problems.
But it is time for people to realize that complaining about those problems doesn’t solve them. In fact, most people are turned off by constant complainers.
As Ben Franklin said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.”
Trust me, I have found more than a few occasions where I felt justified in complaining. But I have found much more benefit in handling problems another way.
As Billy Graham said, “Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don't complain.”
I know people think the squeaky wheel gets the grease. That’s great if you really want some grease. But here is a tip for you, almost everyone hates squeaky wheels.
Look, you have 363 more days left until you get to do that Thanksgiving “what are you thankful for this year” routine.
Page 2 of 2 - Spend that time living each day grateful for what you have and work hard to get what you don’t.
You might still overspend and overeat next year, but at least you won’t annoy everyone in the house.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: email@example.com