Disclaimer: What follows is an all out rant.  So if, like me, you hate reading those, please feel free to skip this post altogether.  But please come back tomorrow.  I almost never post rants.

 Nothing gets my gizzard this time of year more than being wished a “happy turkey day”, as if we are celebrating gluttony and honoring over-indulgence.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that celebrates the return of the harvest year after year.  No matter what your religious affiliation or lack thereof, isn’t that a concept we can all get behind?

Are we so afraid that people will think we’re over zealous, Kool-aid drinking, televangelist, cult members if we say we’re thankful that we’ve reduced the holiday to complete meaninglessness?

There may be one or two people in your life who honestly cannot find anything to be thankful for this year.  (And if that’s you, I’m profoundly sorry).  But most of us, without thinking very hard can come up with a whole list.  Here are some of mine: Life, breath, health, the laughter of children, hope, friends, family that actually enjoys getting together for holidays, sunsets, rainbows, trees, God … and really, I’m just scratching the surface.

So, I’m begging you, even if the only thing you are thankful for this year is butterball, please stop calling it turkey day.

And if you have a minute, won’t you list one or two of the things you are most thankful for in the comments section so that we can all encourage one another?