Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks (traditionally to God) at the close of the harvest season.
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
In the United Kingdom, Thanksgiving is another name for the Harvest festival, held in churches across the land on a relevant Sunday to mark the end of the local harvest.
This tradition was taken to North America by early settlers.
Over time, the holiday of giving thanks to the Lord for a good harvest evolved to a day of giving thanks for all blessings in our lives.
In modern day America, this is the time that we sit back with friends, family and loved ones to catch up on their lives, watch some football, eat too much, some drink too much... but hopefully, everyone takes a minute or two to reflect on their lives and give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings, besides the great feast,that He has provided them.
I personally have many blessings in my life... and I AM thankful for them. I'm thankful for my successes as well as my defeats. Without the defeats, the successes wouldn't be near as sweet! I am thankful for the good days as well as the bad days. Without the bad days, the good days would just be average. Think about it!
First and foremost I am thankful for my parents and brother. Without them I wouldn't be the person I have grown up to be.... and I'm pretty awesome! LOL Of course, we had family tiffs like any normal family, but there weren't that many serious ones. Kept life interesting anyway! LOL Those 3 people are who I am most thankful for.
Then, there are my friends... you know who you are! You are who keep me sane! Or keep me happily insane! Works either way! LOL Always there with a sympathetic ear, a helping hand, a good belly laugh, or a smack upside the head when I'm being stupid! What would I do without you?
I'm thankful for all the relatives I've found via genealogy and the Internet. You are all such very special people! I'm thankful for my career and even more thankful that I am able to retire in January 2008. Until then, I am on vacation. (Its been an awesome ride, but its time to get off the roller coaster!)
I am thankful for that oven-browned, bread-stuffed, bird that struts its stuff on Thanksgiving Day!Your life is not given in vain!! LOL
If you do nothing else this Thanksgiving besides stuff your face and watch football, take just a moment and give thanks for and to the United States miliary men and women who are in harms way in Iraq and other places in the world. Give thanks for the ones that are there and away from their loved ones this day, those who have been there and returned home, those who are on the waiting list to go, and those who gave their lives in the effort to stop the spread of evil. Give thanks to all the United States military personnel who, over the years, rose to the challenge when their country called upon them.
It doesn't matter what your personal politics are. What DOES matter is that without these courageous and heroic people, you wouldn't have the freedoms to be whatever you are.
A simple prayer of thanks for them and wish that they are kept safe, to the Lord, would be nice.
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