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Friday, November 18, 2011

A holiday for thanks

       Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.~Robert Lintner

     Of the major holidays we celebrate, Thanksgiving is the most essentially American. Every  kindergartner knows the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians who helped them celebrate the harvest with a feast.  A feast is still the center of our celebration, and unlike most of our holidays, we've kept this one relatively uncommercial.  I'm considering that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not really part of Thanksgiving.
     A main purpose of the pilgrim's feast was to offer thanks for the harvest and for their very existence in a harsh climate.  On our Thanksgiving Day, between preparing the feast and cleaning mountains of dishes, thanks is sometimes an afterthought.  
     In truth, one day for thanks is not enough.  We need to remember every day those people, places and things that give us pleasure and happiness.  We need to say thank you to those who have helped us and those who are kind.  If we do this, also having a holiday to celebrate and give thanks seems like a great day.  It is made truly special by the presence of our families and friends.   
                                           Forever on Thanksgiving Day
                                           The heart will find the pathway home.
                                                         ~Wilbur D. Nesbit

Got no check books, got no banks.  Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.  ~Irving Berlin

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