The "realities" of this world can be depressing. But we don't need to let them ruin our peace of mind or our holidays. We have a choice. We can dwell on the "bad" and be depressed or we can dwell on the "good" in our lives, count our blessings, and determine, as much as is in our ability, to be a blessing to those around us.
The "bad" stuff will always be with us, but so will the "good" stuff. What we determine to focus on will determine our mood in most instances.
And sometimes you just have to turn off the "news" and turn on some light-hearted comedy or movie or listen to some uplifting music.
My granddaughter, Nicole, gave us a gift, an arts and crafts wall hanging that says "In Everything Give Thanks" which is a verse from the Bible from the book of 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5 verse 18. I don't think it means "for" everything give thanks, but "IN" (through, or in the midst of everything, despite life's circumstances, etc.) everything give thanks.
To me the larger context around this verse is beautiful and encouraging as well and I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of it starting with verse 15:
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Here's another piece of Scripture that blesses me. It's from the book of Philippians, chapter 4 verse 8 - 9:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, Kaoru!