My wife and I are probably having my parents over for diner on Christmas, so I was sitting and remembered about how my dad likes to joke about saying grace in the name of fun. He always says it jokingly and is really just trying to get my mom to lighten up about the issue a little and realize my non-belief is fine and that the fact of me being a good person is what matters. He never actually says grace at hope or anywhere, so he actually has no intentions of saying it or joining in. But it got me thinking, maybe I should make up my own toast of sorts. Here's what I came up with. I think it's pretty decent, sincere and inclusive. Enjoy!

We sit here today, with this wonderful feast before us. It did not come of its own making though. For that, I am thankful to my wife, the men and woman who reaped the harvest, and those who cared for and raised the livestock. But I’m also thankful for a star. Not just any star. But a star that is long since gone. Whose remnants we see every day. I’m thankful to that ancient high-mass star, whose death fortified our spot in the Milkyway. I’m thankful that the law of gravity caused those ingredients to coalesce as they did. Forming our small local star and the planetary system that we call home. I’m thankful to the dawn of the first self replicators who started off the long and unbroken evolutionary train of ancestors that lead to all of us. I’m thankful to my parents,who gave me all the love and support  I needed. All the way from a single cell to the person I am today. And I am thankful for my beautiful wife. Yes she gave us this wonderful meal before us, but she also gave me the gift of her love. But the thing that I am most thankful for? It has to be that NONE of this had to happen. But it did! And I think that is something to be amazingly thankful for. Here’s to longer, brighter days!


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