Our Thanksgiving Memories- Joleen

So far this week, we've heard some funny and wonderful Thanksgiving memories from the ladies of Imagine Hope.  We hope this has sparked some great memories for you as well! My favorite Thanksgiving memories aren't from growing up-- they are from a tradition that was started by my sister and I about 4 years ago.  Both my sister and I have always balked at the "Black Friday" tradition.  I mean, who would want to get up at 3:00 in the morning and stand in line for hours in the freezing cold, just to get a good deal?!  Several years ago, my sister and I were going through the advertisements in the newspaper Thanksgiving day, when the "bug" hit us, too!  We were unknowingly plotting and planning out our course of action the following morning in painstaking detail.  Feeding off of each other in the excitement, we set the alarm and decided to do it!  More than anything, it has become a humorous experience, watching the "stampede" of shoppers and joining in with them to hunt out our own deals.  The whole experience is filled with the rituals of getting the newspaper, going through the ads, planning out where we will go first, standing in lines and fighting the crowds while using teamwork, having breakfast and heading home.  My sister and I talk about how it's not really the shopping and deals, but rather the idea of setting the time aside and planning the yearly event that makes it so special.  We have some great conversations and "bonding" time catching up on each others lives, which neither of us would trade for anything!

So, what are your Thanksgiving traditions and memories?  We hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.