In Canada, second Monday in October. In America, fourth Thursday in November. When you hear of the annual festive, Thanksgiving, what initially comes to mind?
Today, I’m assuming majority of our population thinks of the recipes and ingredients needed to cook up the usual Thanksgiving dishes: Pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry jelly, sweet potato, yam, corn, gravy, stuffing and of course, turkey. Yum, Yum, Yum, Right?
But is that the true definition of Thanksgiving? How about we concentrate on the word? Let’s emphasis, Thanks-giv-ing! What are we thankful for? Who are we thankful for?I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for my life; my family; my friends; the special people in my world and most importantly, our God. In my opinion, Thanksgiving Day has been dominated by the celebration of Turkeys, rather than, giving thanks to our Almighty God. With all these crisis and tragedies happening in our world today, I believe that we need prayers more than ever.
Please don’t get me wrong, because I’m definitely not against celebrating Thanksgiving with good family, friends and mouthwatering food. What I’m saying is—before you start your Thanksgiving celebration, attend your local church services; call on the one person who has always been there for you from day one; give back to the poor, homeless or sick—you know, the less fortunate; say a family prayer before eating—at least show appreciation; express your gratitude towards a living human being or our Lord. To me, that is what Thanksgiving is all about—giving, sharing and expressing thanks. Who knows? Your kindness might change a life today.
Thank you for reading my blog on Thanksgiving. I was inspired to write this piece by the many American families who had invited me into their homes when I had no place to go on Thanksgiving Day (since I was a foreign student, living in the dormitory, away from my family and home island of Saint Lucia). I am very thankful for all the invites to your churches; for proving me with plates of food to eat; and for treating me like family.
Have a happy Thanksgiving Day my fellow Americans.