Be Willing to Change, Thanksgiving Edition

by Kevin on November 25, 2010

What’s your Thanksgiving holiday tradition? Have you always gone to Mom’s house and been on the road throughout the week to make the trek home?

They say the only constant in life is change.¬†What would you do if you had to change traditions? I thought I’d share some of the change that we’ve had to go through over the years when it comes to Thanksgiving. And we’ve got even more change this year.

Open to Location Change

My wife and I live about 6 hours from our families. When we were in college we would, naturally, go home for Mom’s great cooking (and free laundry). There’s nothing like home cooking when you’ve been eating Easy Mac, Oreos, and whatever the cafeteria is serving.

We also go home for Christmas. That’s a lot of driving in about 4 weeks at the end of the year.

A couple of years ago we decided to see if we could start hosting Thanksgiving. Our families would come to us, and a few weeks later we would go to them. They were willing to make the hike and that was the first change.

But this year we’re trying to sell our house and wasn’t sure if we would even have a house to host the big meal this year. We’re trying to move back closer to home (about an hour from our families) and we’re going to be spending a lot of time in that area in the near future. We made the tough decision to spend Thanksgiving away from our families in order to save money (and our house in showing condition).

Open to Menu Change

I don’t like turkey.

I know. Shame on me. I’m a worthless American that’s ignored the long tradition.

For as long as I can remember we’ve had an alternative meal at Thanksgiving… like pork tenderloin or some version of chicken.

Also as my parents get older certain dietary restrictions eventually pop up. Things like salt restrictions make cooking for a family quite interesting because you either have to cook a separate version of the same dish or have everyone salt the dish once they get it.

Are You Ready for Financial Change?

So what does all my personal Thanksgiving tradition changes have to do with your money?

As I said… that famous phrase… change is the only constant in life.

What this might mean for your personal situation this morning:

  • Are you prepared for a massive change in your personal finances? Do you have a plan if you receive a windfall? Do you have an emergency fund for that inevitable flat tire or hole in the roof? What would you do if you were laid off right before Christmas?
  • Or maybe you are ready to make a change happen in your money situation. You’ve racked up the debt, you’ve racked up the stress, and you’re tired of it. You’re ready to take the bull by the horns and make the change happen in your life. Here’s my No Debt Plan guide to help you get on your way.

Maybe you’re at a position today that you can’t even really enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The budget is tight and your checking account is nearing zero. There’s no shame in saving money today by having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so that in the future you’re in a better financial position. Don’t let the peer pressure from all over America force you into making a dumb financial decision.

Change. It happens. It has happened recently. It’s just over the horizon. You can’t stop change… but you can embrace it and have a huge impact on your life. Start today!

{ 3 comments }

Golfing Girl November 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time last year–I was on bedrest from my pregnancy. I too, gasp, do not care for turkey, so we made a ham. For Christmas, we hosted again and served Tilapia–not exactly traditional, but extremely tasty!

Kevin November 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Forget traditions if you don’t like them. Our steak was ridiculously awesome this year. Celebrating in style!

First Gen American November 28, 2010 at 5:04 am

We went the traditional route. My cousin lost both of her parents and she wanted thanksgiving as close to her past memories as possible. We made a lot of the traditional things and she kept comparing them to her mother’s and pointing out that her mother’s were better. It was a little annoying being criticized but then the next day she started having fun and apologized for being critical.

I’m thankful to say that I am ready for an emergency. Our company has laid off people on a regular basis and this year is the first time I can say it wouldn’t impact us significantly if one of us were laid off. If we both were, we’d probably have to move, but we’d make the most of it. I like where I live, so let’s hope we can be here a while longer.

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