Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on Thanksgiving last year — I hope you enjoy it again this year:
I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the assertion that Thanksgiving isn’t what it used to be. At its origins, Thanksgiving was a way to feast and celebrate the bounty of the summer/fall, as the pilgrims prepared for the harshest season of their lives (the cold winter).
Today, Thanksgiving is more about abundance and giving thanks, about acknowledging what we’re grateful for, celebrating the gathering of family and friends, and enjoying some down time together with loved ones.
So in keeping with the modern focus of the holiday, here’s an idea for a sweet way to share your gratitude at Thanksgiving…and it’s easy enough for all ages to participate.
After dinner, when all the bellies are full and content, but before you leave the table, go around the table, one by one, and share what it is that you are thankful for this holiday.
That’s it…it’s simple and easy, and can be either quick or long, depending on the introspection and eloquence of your family members.
I’ve found this is a great way to keep our focus on what it is that we’re really celebrating.
However you celebrate, whomever you gather with, may it be a peaceful, renewing, gratitude-filled day for you…..