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.