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Thanksgiving: Beyond the Turkey Dinner

Updated on October 28, 2017
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Stevie G. is a Life Coach, Educator and Researcher. He is the founder of Infinite Visionary Training Center in Minnesota.

Thanksgiving is known as a time of celebration and festivity, a time when family members, friends, and neighbors come together to be thankful and enjoy a wonderful holiday dinner. The thought and smell of delicious of hot turkey and dressing cooking in the kitchen usually dominates the imagination of most people on that special day.

However, the Thanksgiving holiday must go beyond the turkey dinner if the gathering is going to be a time of reestablishing intimacy and new beginnings. Many times, in the course of a year, many of our family members and friends may go through several pleasant and unpleasant experiences, some of which carry significant emotional impact throughout the year, and must be addressed.

For example, in any given year, we or our family members can witness many tragedies, including divorces, sicknesses, and diseases, loss of homes, loss of family members, including mother, father, children or dear friends.

On the other hand, we can experience many victories, such as recognition and rewards for achievements, success in new relationships, growth in marriages, new born babies added to the family, and considerable progress in new business ventures.

The Blessing

All these things need to be shared or addressed during Thanksgiving. Each event needs to recognized, discussed and blessed thereafter.

To experience a powerful Thanksgiving holiday in which love and intimacy can be re-established, the focus of each person must go beyond the turkey dinner.

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A powerful Thanksgiving gathering can create intimacy when family members:

Enjoy a tasty thanksgiving meal together

Nothing characterizes thanksgiving such as sitting down with the family and eating a delicious thanksgiving vision.

Share stories or experiences of success and ending with the gift of blessing

Inspiring one another with success stories increases joy and hope for sustaining a prosperous family. Good news is contagious. Success also breeds success. Sharing success and helping others toward excellence is a charming jester.

Embrace and encourage one another with strength to handle tragedies and losses

Challenges and losses are a part of life. What is important is to have those loved ones by your side for comfort and strength. Thanksgiving is a time for a family to come together and reposition itself for successfully moving on.

Play games and watching sports that encourage closeness

Get acquainted with one another again. Relive those old childhood memories which put you against one another in fun-loving competition. Family board games, including Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and competition games, including chess, dominos, and cards can create lasting memories fun and challenge.

If you are a family who enjoys sports, there must be several sports games dominating the TV, Football, Basketball, Hockey and the like. Sit down after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of beverage and enjoy the games.

Address and forgive one another for past wrongs

No family consists of people who love each other perfectly. There are bound to be several family members who conflict with another now. However, thanksgiving is the perfect time for forgiving one another and re-establishing love.

The Filled-Atmosphere of a Powerful Thanksgiving include:

  • Love
  • Fun
  • Jokes
  • Fullness
  • Excitement
  • laughter
  • Intimacy
  • Inspiration
  • Sharing
  • Comfort
  • Forgiveness
  • Sense of fulfillment

The Need for a Special Day that Goes Beyond the Turkey Dinner

In a digitized world in which family closeness is next to non-existent, the need for a Thanksgiving that goes beyond the turkey dinner cannot be emphasized enough. Families are so far apart. Some live on the East Coast other live on the West Coast.

Children are too busy on smartphones, checking out social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Even living in the same house doesn’t guarantee intimacy.

So, thank God for the Thanksgiving holiday. If there was no Thanksgiving, families would most likely never come together except for funerals. Bur don’t let this be the only time for a significant gathering for you and your family. Cherish the special day of Thanksgiving.

For those Who Don’t Have a Family

If you don’t have a family to share this special day with, then you don’t have to spend your time alone and discouraged. In your city or town, there are many places you can go and feel welcomed while you eat a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, including the Salvation Army, Catholic Churches around town. as well as other special outreach programs which welcome the lonely on this special day. You don’t have to be homeless or poor. Come as you are. You are always invited.

© 2017 Stevie Glenn

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      Dora Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for all these wonderful suggestions. For thanksgiving to be meaningful, the occasion should inspire appreciation for people and things we encounter through the year. Thanks for underscoring family closeness.