Give Thanks


Every year, Thanksgiving Day brings up a bounty of memories and traditions that come flooding into our minds as if they happened only yesterday. The day represents something special in traditional activities but also our history and heritage. Although it’s a common holiday we share and celebrate, for American’s Thanksgiving Day may hold a different meaning. It may be merely another day for those who still have to go to a 9-5 job, for others, it could signify seeing family members that we’ve not seen all year or it may be a tradition of helping out others.
 
For my family, Thanksgiving holds more of a traditional meaning. We are either at home or spend the better part of the day with my mom’s family but whichever one works out, we always enjoy a meal with all the trimmings, watch a customary version of Miracle on 34th Street and have lots of laughs. (Since my family is hosting this year, who knows how things will turn out! *fingers crossed*)
 
Today is the day in which we all sit down to a beautifully set table that is not just laden with our best china but also a meal that proudly boasts a turkey as its centerpiece. We are used to this American tradition including our loved ones around the table and enjoying the meal that those hands prepared. Too often we lose sight of what also the day represents – it’s a day to remember, and be thankful for all the blessings we’ve been privileged to hold. While it is not wrong to enjoy the meal, a parade or shopping (is there really any other type of “Black Friday” shopping other than sitting in front of a computer screen… in pajamas and clicking “buy”?), if ever there was just one day when we should recall our bountiful blessings, Thanksgiving would be it. In daily life, I often forget how blessed I am to live in a free country. To be a part of the family I am. To enjoy… life. It’s something I take for granted far too often… and it shouldn’t be.
 
On this day, I wish you all a wonderful holiday filled with the simple joy that surrounded by loved ones brings: Enjoy your family, friends, good food and laughter!
 
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
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  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Rissi. =) I'm thankful for your blog and the way you make me smile.... xo

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    1. The same to you, AnnaKate - I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful day. :)

      Thank YOU for all your lovely comments and sweet spirit - I always enjoy your wonderful blog space. :)

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    1. Same to you, Juju - I hope you and yours enjoyed a wonderful holiday!

      Happy Thanksgiving. :)

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  3. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend! And I am sure that you did a wonderful job at hosting!!

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    1. Thanks, Ella - you too, friend! Our day was full of good food and laughter and that is what counts. :)

      LOL! My mom is the REAL hostess - she loves to set the table and use decorations so basically... I was just there for the food. ;D

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  4. Loved this! Happy Belated Thanksgiving! =D

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    1. Thanks, Natalie - that same to you. I hope you and your family enjoyed a great day. :)

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  5. I hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving! With lots of family members about and an enjoyable time!

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    1. I certainly did, Jack - I hope you enjoyed the same happy day. :)

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  6. I hope it went well! :D I love family traditions. Sadly, because of our move we weren't able to do one of our favorite traditions, but that's okay. There's always next year. :)

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    1. Aw! Sorry you missed out on some traditions, Rosie... but you had a new kind of excitement with the house! That IS exciting. :)

      Regardless, I hope you had a special day - ours was lovely. :)

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  7. Yes! It's so true, it's often hard to put in perspective how lucky us Americans are. Happy Thanksgiving.

    I also love the traditions each family has I think that's why thanksgiving memories are so clear and strong the pure repetition of the day!

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    1. Traditions are what makes the day special, Deidre. We do forget all too often how fortunate we are. That should be what we are most thankful for. :)

      I am so glad you dropped by! I hope you visit again, Deidre. :)

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