Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Cornucopia_clipart-2000x1900Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States.

I don’t think most people from other countries understand just how important this holiday is to those of us who live here.

The holiday goes back to Colonial Days when the early pilgrims gave thanks for their crops and it has evolved over the years into a major national celebration to be shared with family and friends.

People will brave horrible traffic, delayed flights and every conceivable inconvenience to gather with their families on this special day to give thanks. Most of us will eat turkey, a tradition, just like our forefathers did.

We have so much to be thankful for when you consider that millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night while we, who are blessed with good fortune, enjoy a cornucopia of riches.

I personally want to thank my loyal readers and my many friends in my web “family” for your support. My best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. The world would be a better place if people were grateful for positive things that happen to them instead of just complaining. Personally am grateful whenever things work out as planned and give thanks on a daily basis. Even for small things. We should celebrate Thanksgiving all over the world.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jeannette!

    • Catarina — Every day I count my blessings. When I start to complain about something I remind myself how much I have and the misery of so many people who have been displaced by war and suffer under cruel regimes. So have a blessed day in Sweden, too!

  2. I’m like Catarina in the sense that, I express gratitude daily. I used to be hit or miss, but unbelievably a little app I have makes it easy to write 3 to 5 things I am grateful for everyday.

    I am grateful for knowing you Jeannette. It’s inspiring to see all that you post and do online.

    Happy Thanksgiving Jeannette.

    • Pat — what a wonderful idea. What is the name of the app? I do count my blessings everyday but having a tool to remind myself of specific things I’m grateful for would be great. Glad I’ve met you, too, and all my blogging buddies who enrich my life.

      • The app is Lift. I use it mostly from my iPhone although you are also able to access it via their website. One thing about me is I often, in the overwhelm of things, need things like this. An extra benefit which is more fun than anything, is that people following the same “habit” will often give you a Thumbs up, called Props on the app.

  3. Nice post and a reminder, Jeannette!

    Like the commenters before me – i too try to give thanks and be grateful on daily basis. Whenever i feel anger clouding my judgment, or some other ill feeling – i just pause, take a deep breath and think about all the good things that have happened to me; i look at how lucky i am to be where i am; i look at all the good people i have surrounded myself with (both online and offline); family, friends, everyone – and i feel (really feel!) thankful and grateful for what i am and what i have.

    I am one of those non-North Americans who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving like you do though – however, working with people from that side of the ocean, i have learnt during the years how important of a holiday it is there. So Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Have a great day and holiday long weekend 😀

    • Diana — thanks so much for your thoughtful response. I feel like you do. I’m so lucky to be living in my great country and to have a loving circle of family and friends.

  4. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Jeannette. You are right about being thankful and it is easy to overlook being grateful and get caught up in the silly things. I think as you get older and things happen to your friends and family you realise how much there is to be thankful for.

    • Susan — I agree. Family and friends are so important. That’s why we struggle through sleet and snow to get to see them on Thanksgiving. It really is a very special holiday in the U.S. Many people feel it’s even more important than Christmas, in a different way of course.

    • Susan — Thank you and my best wishes to you and your family, too. The image I used reminds me a lot of your great drawings.

  5. Lorraine — I know that Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving. I don’t know why it has become such an important holiday here, but I’m glad it is. I think that everybody is just so grateful to enjoy the abundance of our country with their friends and family.

  6. Dan — I agree. Thanksgiving is a time to focus on the people who are important to us and to be grateful for everything we have.

  7. I once spent a series of months with one of my critique partners where we would tell each other one thing we were thankful for everyday. At first it felt corny, but then it became a bit ingrained. With so much to be grateful for in this world, I try not to spend too much time dwelling on negatives, but it can often be easier said than done.

  8. I love the idea of thanksgiving. We should all spend much more time thinking of what we are grateful for rather than getting bogged down in the bad stuff.

  9. HI Jeannette,
    You are right, we foreigners don’t really have a hands on feeling for the meaning of thanks giving, but I like the idea.
    For us it is really xmas and new year where we take stock of the year. But I guess you also do that too.
    I also really appreciate my friends and readers on the web, and have seen a huge jump in my blog since I started back in April.
    Glad to have met you this year

    • Ashley — I think that while you may not have a formal holiday to give thanks, as we do in the U.S., I’m sure that you, and people from other countries give thanks, for your good fortune, even if you do it privately. I know I count my blessings all year long.

    • Cheryl — agree. We shouldn’t need a reminder to be thankful every day. I have to say, though, that I do count my blessings every day — for my friends and family, my health and good fortune to be born in my great country.