My Favorite Holiday

Not Christmas but Thanksgiving.   I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday everyone can embrace.  It has nothing to do with religion or buying gifts.  Rather than separating us by our beliefs or economics,  Thanksgiving allows us all to come together.      It has everything to do with acknowledging good fortunate and  how blessed you are in life.  There is so much to be thankful for, the love of our friends and family, food on our table, shelter from the seasons, a job when so many don’t , our health for so many don’t, our country,  and I could list so much more.   We each have been given so many gifts.   It is one day set aside to encourage us to say Thanks.   That by being a holiday it hopefully forces us to take a time out and include a little reflection on how blessed you are.

I love that Thanksgiving is a secular holiday. I have over the years have celebrated with great joy and reflection with my family, friends and acquaintances of so many different religious persuasions.   We have hosted people in our home of many different faiths: Jewish, Islam, Christians,  Muslim, shamanic believers, agnostic, and no faiths at all, atheists.   In this time of such strife, that we came together in a single home and reflect on our blessings, was in itself a blessing.  We always said grace and everyone at the table contributes with something they are thankful for.   Imagine all of us praying together, not in the name of one religion or another but as humankind.   It  gives me hope that the rest of the world can work toward not fighting in the name of religion.  That is truly something to be thankful for,  the love of humankind.

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2 comments on “My Favorite Holiday

  1. Those are beautiful thoughts! I agree with you 100%. Christmas has become so commercialized and this shopping spree that starts earlier and lasts longer every year makes me sick.My kids get it, too. This year they asked if we could stay home for Christmas rather than join the massive opening of family gifts when many people are involved. We compromised by planning to go down in time for dinner, after gifts have been exchanged. Thanksgiving is definitely much simpler and more meaningful.

  2. We don’t have Thanksgiving here in Europe but do believe exactly as you do that separating a festival of thanks from that of religion is a wonderful thing. Let’s be thankful for everything we can be thankful for.

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