This is my last post before Christmas.
It’s easy this time of year to get caught up in materialistic desire. Buy this, buy that; show how much you love them, by getting them this and that. Wants come easy and often.
This is my post to be thankful.
Despite the fact I like writing about preparedness topics an ruminating on SHTF scenarios, I’m very thankful that no large-scale, systemic collapse of society has happened. I’m thankful that grocery stores shelves are packed with food. I’m thankful that home heating oil still comes delivered to my house. I’m thankful there’s no raging, deadly pandemic. I’m thankful we haven’t been hit by an EMP.
This is a Christmas meal in Smithland, Iowa – 1936 (Great Depression):
(Image source here.) I bet they were thankful just to have Christmas dinner. I showed this picture to my kids. They need to learn to be thankful, too. Read this (source) from a man recalling the Great Depression days:
“I remember one Christmas when the only present I got was a pair of socks, and I was glad to get them,” said Lee Beneke, who grew up on a farm near Laurens in Pocahontas County, Iowa.
Even now, some kids are asking Santa for basic needs instead of toys. Sure most kids are focused on the hottest toys, but some just want a winter coat and new shoes.
Here are a few things I’m thankful for this Christmas:
- I’m thankful for my family’s health. My son has asthma and a peanut allergy, but … things could be worse – A LOT worse.
- I’m thankful I still have a job. My wife was laid off, but things would have been much worse if I’d been laid off. If I’d been laid off the house probably would’ve gone with it.
- I’m thankful we kept full coverage on an older car that we had long since paid off. When it was totaled the insurance check made getting another one a lot easier.
- In blog land, I’m thankful for you faithful readers (slowly growing in number) and that Jarhead Survivor helps carry the torch. Maintaining this blog by myself, while working a full time job and carrying too many home responsibilities, is exceptionally tough. It’s easier with another writer.
What are you thankful for?
– Ranger Man