The first practice for Thanksgiving was to make a list of things we are thankful for.
The second practice for Thanksgiving is this: give something away. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? Best movie you’ve seen? Best album you’ve heard? Share it. Give your copy away, or buy another copy and give it away.
One of the joys of having things is sharing the joy you get from them. I loved the TV show Alias when it was originally airing on television—never missed an episode. The best part about it, though, was that I was in college and seminary when it aired, and a bunch of us would gather every week to watch it together. It was fun watching it by myself. It was outstanding watching it with a bunch of friends. Sharing it was much better than keeping it to myself.
Sharing things, giving things away helps us to keep things in their rightful place. If things, mere objects, make us more stressed about getting them, having them, keeping them and protecting them, rather than giving us joy as we share them, then they have outgrown their rightful place and we need to get rid of them anyway.
On the other hand, when we are able to give things away, to share their joy with other people, than we are free to enjoy our things together, with other people, in the service of community.
So here is your challenge for Thanksgiving: give something away.