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What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

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Posted 11-13-2012 at 01:41 PM by lauriebear

Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated in America and in other Nations as well but as I am from the U.S. I will blog on my own humble thoughts of the day. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed by the nation and their citizens. However, to many people, its meaning is lost. It has become simply another day without special meaning.

Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family gatherings, these are all commonly associated with most Americans’ yearly celebration of Thanksgiving Day. But, what does Thanksgiving really mean to you?

In the United States, Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November. On this holiday, a Thanksgiving meal is prepared with all the trimmings; families gather together and talk, while others watch a game or a parade filled with pilgrims, Indians and other colonial figures. Some families may even have their own yearly Thanksgiving traditions. What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Do you picture a time of thankfulness toward God, or Jesus, or if you do not believe in that then are you just thankful to be with the ones you love, family, friends, and the air we breathe? Or is it merely one of eating, partying or watching football?

Sadly, the latter is what Thanksgiving has become to most. They have forgotten why the day was established. Its meaning has slowly deteriorated, and is now almost completely lost under a cloud of media hype, sales pitches, marketing tactics and blitz commercialism.
While many are familiar with the traditional representation of the original Thanksgiving, it is helpful to examine the purpose for which it was first celebrated. By doing this, the day’s meaning will be firmly established.

The pilgrims could never have imagined that America would become the Nation it is today. The U.S. has continuously been at the forefront of economic prosperity, medical science, technology, food production, and so many more gifts. Its citizens enjoy the freedoms of religion and speech. It allows individuals and families to emigrate from other countries, and enjoy these liberties. We are usually one of the countries supporting other nations and people in need. And the income and standard of living for most Americans is still relatively high. We have so many people to thank for this, we are so lucky (or as I say in my own home truly blessed) to be able to have all this opportunity before us to do with as we see fit.

Yet Americans seem to have forgotten there are blessings everywhere and all around us!

The act of thanksgiving toward your fellow man should be done everywhere—everyday—by everyone! It is not just an American holiday; neither should it be limited to one day a year.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, ponder and consider the many wonderful blessings you enjoy. Be grateful for these wonderful benefits.

Before you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, or begin watching a parade or football game, be sure to take time to truly be thankful for the gifts, pleasures, love, family, and friendships in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving Day from one MMC member.
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