Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the American Civil War President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26th. The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World. Today the holiday is always celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. It’s probably the most important holiday in the USA, no longer a religious holiday, but of course those of Faith do attend Thanksgiving services.

Nowadays, the holiday dedicated to just being happy for everything you have. The family gets together and sits around a table and just spend time with each other, without the distractions of presents, costumes, etc.  This is the holiday to just spend time with the people we love and who love us. Most families take the time to go around the table, with each person saying what they have to be thankful for.

A Thanksgiving Holiday isn’t something we celebrate here in the UK, but you know, I think it would be rather a good idea if we did. 

Do you ever stop and think what you have to be thankful for, what you are happy to have? Or do you spend more time thinking about what you don’t have, what annoys, frustrates, angers you? I would hazard a guess that not very many of us do stop and think, to be thankful and happy to have what we do have.

OK, I’ll go first... then you can tell me what you are thankful for.

I am thankful for the love of my family and friends, to see the wagging tails and pleasure of my dogs when I come home. The love that I had from family and friends who are no longer here for me to hold and tell them how much I loved them. That I can afford to have food, shelter and warmth whenever I want. My body is strong enough to run (well, sort of!) that someone invented fizzy wine, nail varnish and hair colour.................

We have so much to be thankful for, and I truly hope that you take a moment to appreciate all that you have and enjoy this wonderful little life we all get to be part of.

Have a great turkey day with your loved ones if you celebrate thanksgiving.  If you don't normally celebrate it, feel free to get caught up in the moment and do a little thanking of your own.

Thank you for reading!