Thanksgiving is a special day of festivity, family reunions and lavish feasts that typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. To others, it’s a day of parades, gatherings, traditional football games on television and shopping but the meaning of this holiday has broader significance. Sometimes, we are too busy with our lives, too focused on making a living and holidays often become commercialized that we fail to reflect on the real meaning they hold for us. We should re-examine ourselves why we are celebrating this day.
Thanksgiving Day gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learnt and how we can spread happiness around as there are many things to be grateful in life every day. 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 and make this holiday reflective. Have quality moments with your children, maybe write up a list and think together, asking them what they are thankful for. Invite someone over and offer up a seat at your dinner table this Thanksgiving and consider visiting a retirement community or perhaps a charitable institution and find ways to give back.
There are many ways to positively impact the lives of others and this holiday don’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. This coming Thanksgiving, let us take a moment and reflect. Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone!