I have always struggled with the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I think we need a national day on which we acknowledge our gifts; health, family, friends, etc. What I have difficulty with is, why do we need a special day for giving thanks? Shouldn’t it be a daily occurrence? Sadly, to me, it seems as if Thanksgiving Day has lost it’s meaning. Long before Halloween arrives, stores are displaying their holiday wares. Stores are competing with each other as to which one can begin their “Black Friday” sales the soonest. Some stores are opening their doors before families have finished their Thanksgiving meal! People are rushing to get through the opportunity to spend time with loved ones just so they can get to the stores to do their holiday shopping. What does this trend say about us, as a society, that Thanksgiving Day has become just a day off from work and a chance to get our holiday shopping done? This Thanksgiving, I hope we can return to a time when Thanksgiving was the day we spent with family and friends, stuffed ourselves silly, maybe watched some football, argue over politics, and shared with those gathered around the table, that for which we were truly thankful. This Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my health, my family, my friends, and that I have been blessed to have served those who needed my professional services. I wish you and yours a Thanksgiving Day which is filled with Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, and Laughter. Warmly, Rudy

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