Thanksgiving is truly a special day and we usually associate Thanksgiving with the early Pilgrims but in fact the origins and meaning of this holiday have broader significance. When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of parades, gatherings, traditional football games on television, turkey dinners and shopping, but Thanksgiving Day is indeed more than a day of fond memories, parades, football, and special dinners.
Keeping in mind the origins and the diversity of the holiday, we should occasionally re-examine why we are celebrating. Sometimes, we are too busy with our lives, too focused on making a living and holidays too often become stressful or commercialized so that we fail to reflect on the real meaning they hold for us. Rather than rushing to the store and loading up on twice what you need or can afford, why not go back to the basics this year?
It’s particularly important to make this holiday reflective. Have teachable moments with your children, asking them what they are thankful for. Maybe write up a list and think together about ways you can celebrate those particular blessings. At the same time, let go of aspects of the holiday that are not meaningful, or maybe even detract from what you are usually celebrating.
Maybe it’s time to go over the menu and plan dishes that contribute to good health. Why not consider inviting someone over and offer them a seat at your dinner table this Thanksgiving. You can also consider visiting a retirement community or perhaps a charitable institution and find ways to give back. There are plenty of ways to impact the lives of others this Thanksgiving and the holiday doesn't have to be expensive to be memorable.
We should always remember that not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day should be a time for family, reflection, and gratitude. The true meaning of Thanksgiving, however, should not end after all of these. Thanksgiving is also a call to action. This Thanksgiving Day, take a moment and reflect on what actions you can take in the next year to fully express the meaning of Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone from the Bandy Team!