Just ignore the constant complainers we've heard from this year -- some of whom love their country so much that they want to secede from it -- and realize that yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for this year.
We can give thanks because donations driving holiday food, clothing and gift drives prove that many Americans still care.
Many recipients of Thanksgiving dinners, and those who will be receiving Christmas gifts and food through donations, are enduring hard times due to job losses or illness.
For most, their position is not due to laziness, or expectations of government handouts, despite the cutdowns and slanders aimed at the struggling in the months before the Nov. 6 election.
Those who claim otherwise deserve our sympathy and prayers during this holiday season. The pure, outright hate voiced from some over the past year showed the world our nation's bad side.
We can be thankful for employers. But it's ironic, isn't it, that many who complained most loudly about "job creation" are supportive of the same business people who took away jobs.
We heard all summer and fall that if taxes were lowered for the wealthy more jobs would result.
"Rich" individuals aren't employers. The companies they own or work for -- with finances organized separately from personal accounts of their owners/stockholders -- are employers.
And be thankful for reasonable people -- no matter which political persuasion -- who saw through all the political mumbo-jumbo and voted for whichever candidates for the right reasons. Those who voted for who they thought could best do whichever job, and not against someone because they were instructed to by talk radio and electronic character assassins aka attack advertisements.
Be thankful for our freedom to thank God on this Thanksgiving Day for the blessings we've received this year. Some this year have misused the term "hate speech" to try and silence anyone who simply disagrees with their side. Like it or not, we still have the right to take sides on moral issues. And when anyone tries to silence the Christian church, they've gone too far.
Finally, no thanks to the Grinches Who Are Destroying Thanksgiving.
Black Friday, which debuted for the first time on Thursday last year, begins earlier each year. Zero hour tonight -- in which those wanting those special gifts are forced to buy on Retailer Standard Time or risk missing out altogether -- is between 8 p.m. and midnight at many large chain stories.
Retailers claim the public clamored for those hours. Ignore that. We're being manipulated like dogs on a leash handled by a mean master. I predict that the days of traditional Thanksgiving family dinners are numbered as the sales begin at, say, 10 a.m. or noon within the next few years.
Turkey and dressing for breakfast? Might as well start preparing now.
-- T-G copy editor David Melson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.