Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. To me, it’s like Christmas, but without the stress of gift-buying. This year, with my boys being 3 and 6 years old, I decided to really emphasize to them what Thanksgiving is about, beyond the turkey, pies, and Santa crossing into Herald Square. They are incredibly fortunate to grow up without fear of running out of food, warm clothing, or shelter. They know they have a stable family that they can depend on to help them. They are lucky to be surrounded by caring adults. They have so much in their favor. It is important to me to teach them that this is not the case for all children everywhere. I certainly don’t want to frighten them, but in an age-appropriate way, I want them to know that these parts of their lives are things for which they should be grateful, and that because they aren’t facing adversity in their own life, it’s that much more important to reach out to those who are.