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The Annual Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Event

 b2ap3_thumbnail_image_20141118-225341_1.jpgYou are invited to The 2014 Annual Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Event.

I started it in the early 80s. It’s no longer annual or face-to-face, but I do it as many years as I can, because it makes me happy. Hey, the silly title alone always lifts my spirit.

Please join in the event, online.  To start, let me explain the event by sharing a bit of its history. 
Back when the event started, we’d get together Thanksgiving morning, before you had to go cook a dinner you were allergic to, visit in-laws who couldn’t remember your name, or suffer other social absurdities.
No one brought food or drink to the event. It was truly hassle-free, a momentary oasis of quiet simplicity amidst Thanksgiving nuttiness.
In fact, it only lasted 45 minutes—anything longer would have been a hassle, because Thanksgiving day tends to be so busy.
Nowadays folks couldn’t fit in 45 minutes. So I do the event online—it’ll only take you a minute.
Back then, we’d just sit in a circle, then each of us would list some things we were grateful for. That was it, the full event. If you didn’t want to list anything, that was okay! You could just listen or comment or remain silent.
I never expect anyone to recite a complete list, or to figure out the things for which they are most grateful. Trying to do that would be a hassle. It is ok to just list what comes to mind. 
I’ve yet to understand why my unsophisticated event impacts me in ways some of my more elegant or overtly mystical practices do not. But this event shifts my whole being.
I do know that taking a moment around Thanksgiving to make my list and hear other people’s reminds me what is important, and keeps me from being carried away by holiday stupidity!
Please join in: In the comment field below, list one or many things for which you are grateful. It would thrill me! Any time now to a week after Turkey day is fine. But do it now, so you don’t forget! And if all you do is read, or you want to leave a comment other than a gratitude list, awesome! 
I'll kick things off with my own gratitude list:
* I’m grateful for my fellow stardusted travelers—my students and other friends who walk next to me between the stars and along the mundane paths of daily life.
* I am thankful for the loving caretakers who clean my cat’s litter box, wash my dishes, pick up my groceries, and do the other things my maimed body will not.
* I am grateful to have finished all the work to indie produce the Faerie Ritual Set, because its magical tool kit and training are of a high standard. That means a lot to me.  
* I am grateful for the originality of my friends, because they delight me with their humor and sparkling insights.
 * I am thankful to be Pagan, because my Gods are fun!
Thank you you so much! Blessings on your Thanksgiving day, whether you celebrate it or not. 
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Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com


  • Linette
    Linette Wednesday, 19 November 2014

    I'm grateful that my adult children and I have reestablished good relationships after the divorce. Things were shakey for awhile.

    I'm grateful I got health insurance and the dr's are getting closer to finding a diagnosis and treatment plan for my health situation

    I am always, truly, deeply, hysterically grateful for the Sun

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 19 November 2014

    Linette, thank you for your gratitude list, and for being the first person to post one! Best of luck with your health, I know how hard the diagnosis process can be from my own situation. Onward!

  • MaryBeth Lewis
    MaryBeth Lewis Thursday, 20 November 2014

    I'm thankful to have my husband. He had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. In 2011 he losthis leg to diabetes and then in 2013 another heart attack. WE have been married 40 year and were high school sweethearts.
    I'm thankful for my job and my insurance.
    I'm thankful for our grown daughters, son-in-law and four healthy ornery grandsons.
    And I'm thankful for coffee.......there are some mornings that hubs is thankful for MY coffee ;)

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 20 November 2014

    MaryBeth, thank you for demonstrating how we can be grateful despite enormous challenges. I wish you and your family the best outcome, I truly hear the magnitude of the problems. And enjoy your coffee, my dear!

  • Rommy Driks
    Rommy Driks Sunday, 23 November 2014

    I am grateful for frozen blueberries, my kids getting better at navigating the tasks involved in growing up, my husband and a week's vacation from work.

  • MaryBeth Lewis
    MaryBeth Lewis Sunday, 23 November 2014

    Rommy aren't frozen blueberries wonderful!! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 23 November 2014

    Rommy, I put frozen blueberries in the blender with a bit of water then pretended it was sorbet, just a few days ago! Yum! Did I tell you I was going to do that? I do not think so. I think, once again, we are on the same page, LOL. Happy thanksgiving! Thanks for joining in!

  • Marylou Johnson
    Marylou Johnson Sunday, 23 November 2014

    I am grateful for friends who take the hassle out of Thanksgiving by inviting us over to their house each holiday. They are adopted family and a great time is always had by all.

    I am grateful for the handful of friends I can count on and trust at work.

    I am grateful that my children (14 and 11) are super fantastic kids.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 23 November 2014

    Marylou, thank you for sharing about the beautiful gifts in your life, that touches my heart.

  • Erika
    Erika Thursday, 27 November 2014

    I'm grateful to have discovered my life's purpose, and to be walking the path of healer. By far the most challenging thing I've ever done, but also by far the most rewarding. It's deepened my own spirituality in ways I never expected. I'm so humbled by all those who have shared their struggles with me and invited me to be part of their journey.

    I'm grateful for friends and family, who every day teach me something new about love.

    I'm grateful for all the amazing teachers I've been fortunate enough to meet along my path.

    And, of course, chocolate! Ever so thankful for chocolate. :)

    Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 27 November 2014

    Erika, happy Thanksgiving to you. I know what you mean about about the blessing of finding your life's work. Every time I provide guidance or healing, I receive more blessings than I ever could've imagined before I started doing this work. Thank you for sharing your lovely gratitude list.

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