Thanksgiving 2014: Grateful in Skippack, for Skippack

Thanksgiving is a great holiday: It encourages us to partake not only in a festive meal, but also in a state of gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most psychologically healthy mental states available to us. It forces us to turn away from complaints, whining, grumpiness, and anger. We think about what we have, instead of envying others and regretting what we didn’t get.

For what are you grateful? Ask me, and I will tell you I am grateful for Skippack. Each time I take the right turn on Skippack Pike and walk into Skippack Village I give thanks.

Thanksgiving Display at the Wooden Duck

Thanksgiving display at the Wooden Duck Shop in Skippack

I am grateful because, no matter what stress or disappointment I may be facing, walking into Skippack Village, I am reminded that the world is a beautiful place. I am sorry for people, especially children, who live in blighted areas or bland suburbs, who do not get this daily reminder. No matter how many visits I make into town, I am always a bit surprised each time I see how beautiful Skippack really is. The village landscape never grows old.

I pass by our local shops, starting with An Enchanted Florist, soon I see beautiful Floral & Hardy, that iconic Skippack shop. Before long I see the signs for Merle Norman and Tom’s Help Desk; I think of their dedicated shop owners, Jean Curtis and Tom Merrick, and the great conversations I have had with them. I am grateful for the thriving and lively village, grateful for the friends I’ve made and the good experiences I’ve had living here. Grateful to the community of business owners that work hard to build up and maintain our unique village. Grateful to the musicians who come here to perform. Grateful to restaurants, such as wonderful Euro Delights, for the good meals and the servers who bring my food and hot coffee.

Thanksgiving Salt and Pepper Shakers from Le Butler's Pantry

Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers from Le Butler’s Pantry in Skippack

The more basic my gratitude, the better off I am. If I can remember to grateful for the color of the sky as the afternoon turns into evening and the beautiful trees along our main street then it is indeed a good day.

I am grateful to organizations like the Skippack Historical Society and our community theater Playcrafters of Skippack for strengthening our cultural life. Grateful for the members of the all-volunteer Skippack Fire Company who help keep us safe. Grateful for good schools which help make our town a great place for families to live.

Fall wreath at Pennsylvania Traditions

Fall wreath at Pennsylvania Traditions, a great Skippack shop

Walking along, I find still more reasons to be grateful. If, for example, I pass a storefront with scaffolding, I remember to be grateful the restoration of buildings, which keeps the village fresh and bright. This time of year, I become grateful for the multiple lights that decorate storefronts and shine against the night sky, making Skippack seem much more hospitable as nights get colder.

The month of November takes us to Thanksgiving and from there to the holiday season. the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, is the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Skippack; people gather in town, carolers entertain, and Santa Claus makes his yearly visit. Festivities start at 6 pm.

shopsmall in SkippackThe next day, Saturday, November 29, is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to celebrating the contributions of small businesses all over America. This is a special day for Skippack Village, a town comprised of small “mom-and-pop” businesses, and a special opportunity for us to express our gratitude for the contributions of our local business owners to creating and maintaining the unique character of our town.

Feeling gratitude is one thing. But how to translate those feelings into action? My plan is to make Skippack part of my holiday season. Shop here, dine here, share a toast with friends here. After all, the best way to say “thank you” to Skippack is to enjoy Skippack.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Best of Skippack

Written by Michael Shaw, the Skippack Blogger

2014-11-09 15.01.16

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