Thankful for Thanksgiving

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I have much to be thankful for. But I’m not going to write about it because you already know; I’m thankful for the same things you are—family, friends, bounty, health, happy memories.

I just want to say how thankful I am that, in the United States, today is set aside specifically for giving thanks.

I try to recognize, every day, how lucky I am but I can still fall into the morass of worry and envy, seeing only how things could be better.

But Thanksgiving Day encourages me to be mindful of every single thing, small and large, that makes my life happy, easy, full.

Thanksgiving isn’t commercialized and all tarted up like Christmas; it isn’t tied to a religion or subset of Americans; there’s no incessant, annoying soundtrack for Thanksgiving.

It’s just a nice, quiet day where we all think about, and maybe even say out loud, how lucky we feel.

We should have more days like this! Enjoy today and count your blessings, wherever you live!

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20 thoughts on “Thankful for Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! It IS easier to see what is wrong than to thank your lucky stars for what you have. I used to grumble about the mountains of clothes I had to wash and fold and get all crabby. Then I started to count my blessings or pray for those who had it worse than me wile folding and now doing laundry is a stress free part of my day!

  2. Great post.
    We don’t have Thanksgiving either where I am from (Ireland) or where I live now (France). But Christmas is my time to be thankful, and we do try in my house to keep out the commercialism and crass part of it.
    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

    • I think Christmas is an excellent time to be thankful–it has gotten so over-done here in the US that I find it sort of depressing. But, you’re right–we can each work to keep Christmas “pure” in our own homes!

      • Oh, in Ireland it is the same, believe me! Christmas decorations and stuff in the shops at the start of september, pushing the materialism etc. I suppose it’s easy for me to keep it pure at home because my son is only 21 months and so he’s not at the age where Santa Claus is something he thinks about!

  3. Kerry, as I mentioned to my teammates on Etsy the other day – if I lived in the USA, Thanksgiving would be my favourite holiday precisely for the reasons you mentioned!
    I hope yours was lovely 🙂

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