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Thanksgiving...Everyday

Updated on May 11, 2016
Appreciate Thanksgiving Day!
Appreciate Thanksgiving Day! | Source

Thanksgiving is the Perfect Time to Plan on Making Each Day a Day of Thanksgiving


While we should take some time to consider our history and remember with gratitude all that we have come through as a nation, Thanksgiving is also a good time to be thankful for coming through personal difficulties.

As we evaluate just how much we have to be thankful for each and every day we can do some forward thinking for making the future better, better for ourselves and better for others where we can.

Cultivating Thankfulness Everyday!
Cultivating Thankfulness Everyday! | Source

Before considering why Americans have a Thanksgiving holiday (take a sweeping look at why at the end of this hub), here is something from a personal level to open the post with a bit of perspective.

Not long ago my husband and I skipped the actual day. We had traveled beforehand in order to be with one side of the family, then came down with a little bug on Thanksgiving Day.

All in all, we were okay with that because our children were scattered across the country and it would have been rather lonely at the table, just the two of us sitting, looking at the big bird together.

However, in thinking it all over we made a mutual decision to, if our children are away, invite friends or maybe even strangers to join us, but all things considered, skipping the day of Thanksgiving was best that year.


Did We "Miss" Thanksgiving Day?


On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we were well again so my multi-talented husband went to work on his yearly project. Spending a day smoking a couple of turkeys is one of his favorite contributions to the holidays.

It was quite chilly for a southern day, but he was able to get them done in plenty of time for us to cool and debone them, get the drippings ready for future use, store most of the meat in the freezer, and make ourselves a lovely meal to celebrate feeling better.

We enjoyed a nice, quiet candlelight dinner together while we made plans for the future, including reorganizing some aspects of life and stepping up our exercise program. It was like an early New Year's resolution making event. Times of R&R are such a blessing!

The interesting thing about missing the actual Thanksgiving was the feeling of missing out on something much bigger than a family meal. By choosing to postpone our celebration we spent that Thursday feeling oddly apart from the rest of our country.

It is a special day for our nation, this day called Thanksgiving. It's both a national treasure and a personal gift. A time to remember, a time pray, a time to enjoy our blessings, and a time to examine where we've come from and how best to go forward.

Unlike people in many countries around the world, we have specific reasons to appreciate our Thanksgiving Day throughout the year.

Thanksgiving--consider the concept, consider the attitude!
Thanksgiving--consider the concept, consider the attitude! | Source

What's so Special About Thanksgiving Day?


No matter what our particular traditions might be--family, football, friends--Thanksgiving Day for Americans is still about remembering God’s provision to the very first settlers through the national Indians and through the bountiful crops, fish, and game of this land.

Now, it is a day for giving thanks for His continued provision in this country, especially for the freedom to worship. All Americans have much to be grateful for because this history is rich with evidence of God’s blessing on our nation in spite of the fact that we have so often ignored Him and taken His mercy for granted.

Although the way it is celebrated in our day and time varies greatly from those early celebrations, the truth of why we have an American Thanksgiving Day has not changed. Revisionists have worked to denigrate the early settlers and the founding fathers, and they are even trying to eliminate the traditional Thanksgiving Day, but we still live in America.


Thanksgiving is a Wonderful Time to Remember Family and Friends:

Appreciating Reasons to be Thankful Everyday


Even though our meal was on hold I did try to shop for a few last minute Thanksgiving decorations that year. In store after store I was given the same story--very few Thanksgiving items were available to customers.

There were plenty for Oct. 31, and Christmas had been available since August, but no one seemed to know what had happened to the Thanksgiving decorations. As consumers we should ask for next year’s Thanksgiving items now, and as Americans we need to talk up Thanksgiving in our neighborhoods and schools.

It’s our job to teach our American history to new generations. We can retake rationale from those who would destroy our foundations, and we can show young people how they can do the same. We can get involved in education and elections. We can become a part of our local governments.

Unlike people in many countries around the world, we have specific reasons to appreciate our Thanksgiving Day throughout the year. It’s up to us as Americans to hold on to the history behind our national holidays like Thanksgiving by helping each other remember that we have much to be thankful for everyday. The question is, will we?


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A Quick Look at Why We have a Thanksgiving Holiday


Generally, people understand the value of maintaining a grateful spirit once they think it through, and reading up on the topic of random kindnesses is a neat way to expand our knowledge on how to not only help those in need, but to inspire others to do the same.

That a special time to focus on having an attitude of gratitude comes to us once a year certainly helps us all in those areas, but the roots of America's Thanksgiving Day are unique to our country and important to hold on to. Its beginning was long before the early Europeans began settling on these shores.

The foolishness of romanticizing the causes of the Pilgrims and Puritans becomes evident for anyone who does a serious study of what they faced, of what caused them to seek out a new place to live in freedom, and of how their lives worked out once they established a new home on this soil.

Like ourselves, they were caught in their times. Caught in the consequences of Luther's early 1500s challenge to a church government that had become powerfully corrupt and trapped in the web of that corruption's changing political face, they worked to promote truth and freedom for all. They worked against a class system that kept common people in bondage.

Names like Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, and Huss still ring an amazing tune called The Reformation throughout world history. The movement's song bravely stood against changeful monarchies which enlisted the help of notorious names like Alva and their deadly inquisitions.

The results of that history's phases had imperfections. They were filled with imperfect people. Yet, the struggles from the 1500s through the 1700s were a process that led to the founding of our country. As shaky a beginning as it was, this country grew strong from that foundation.

Founders writings still warn us about the dangers of disregarding the concepts that were dissected and argued over so our Constitution could be established. Though we are now seeing erosion of Constitutional rights (for example, the loss of protection from government over reach into our lives due to the branches of our government losing oversight of each other's actions), we still live in a Republic and there is hope of regaining ground that has been lost.

Efforts to create a more powerful political class system than history brings to mind are at work against freedom here and throughout the world. For all the mocking of those who came here and those who established this Republic's government, we can credit much knowledge and many benefits to their courageous leadership.

Those benefits have reached around the world and they continue to fight oppressions against various people groups. Examples include how soberingly shocking to our advanced sensibilities it is to take an honest look at how other cultures actually treat their women and children. It's a sad study for another day, but it is a real life example of why we as Americans have good reason to be thankful everyday for our heritage, even if one does not believe exactly like the Pilgrims or Puritans did.


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      RTalloni 13 days ago from the short journey

      Yes indeed, and aren't we glad!

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      Robert Sacchi 2 weeks ago

      It is something the grocery stories are aware of.

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      RTalloni 2 weeks ago from the short journey

      Robert Sacchi:

      Thanks kindly! Hmmm. People's attitudes toward the Thanksgiving holiday may not have changed much. I do think that retailers attitudes changed somewhat, though. Have to say they may be waking up to the fact that people in America love our Thanksgiving holiday.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 weeks ago

      A very good Thanksgiving article. Compared to Thanksgiving 2016 do you think the country's attitudes towards the holiday in 2017 went in the right or wrong direction?

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      Thank you for coming by to check out this hub. I'm glad you have good memories to help you through this Thanksgiving. No, it certainly will not be the same, and will not be without pain, but you honor him and his wishes for you by inviting family and friends to celebrate together. That you will find comfort in each other's presence is a wonderful thing and I trust your day will be filled with the love that strengthens all your family ties.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanksgiving everyday is a wonderful concept that I do practice daily. Not the actual meal but by having a thankful heart and appreciating the world we live in. This is the first thanksgiving without my husband since he passed in July and he sure did love preparing and eating thanksgiving dinner...the holiday won't be the same, it will be a new normal. I have invited friends and family to celebrate together. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Rachel L AlbaL

      Yes, the traditions of Thanksgiving do warm our hearts. :) Understanding and remembering why we have the privilege of the festive gathering and feasting is important to holding on to this special holiday. Besides, doing so helps us carry that thankfulness in our hearts throughout the year. Even in the face of so much going on that is upsetting, we can still be thankful for the history that led to the founding of our country which, relatively speaking, continues to be a safe place for the majority of people who live here. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely Thanksgiving Day!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi RTalloni, There really is something special about Thanksgiving. It's a warm, fuzzy and family oriented holiday. Now stress, no worrying about gift giving, just cooking a great meal, no matter what you like, and being with family and a time to reflect on the past and thanking God for getting through it, just like you said.

      I wish you and your a Blessed Thanksgiving.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Mark Bronze:

      Appreciate your reading and commenting on this hub!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      JenSet:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for leaving your comments.

      Our cat is very special...such a delightful little buddy in the garden.

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      Mark Bronze 6 years ago

      You are right, everyday should be lived in the spirit of thanksgiving. Good hub!

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      JenSet 7 years ago

      Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, i think Americans really do cherish Thanksgiving as one of the few pure holidays left (not overrun by commercialism). This year I'm having a thanksgiving party for my friends the week beforehand - pumpkin beer and all!

      Btw what a cute cat in your profile pic!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Hamburghotels, Thank you very much for reading my hub and leaving a comment. Living a life of gratitude is a satisfying way of life, and it does begin with recognizing that our blessings do come from God!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Equealla, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Maybe this year you could have a thanksgiving meal on our Thanksgiving Day and introduce your family and friends to the concept! :)

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      hamburghotels 7 years ago

      That the way of living....help other to get blessing of god

      Good job.......love everyone

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      South Africa also do not have a thanksgiving day. What a wonderful idea. And true, we must be greatfull everyday. Sadly, humans just forget so easily all the blessings around them.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      I have done some reading on what you speak of. You put it very well. It is important to hold on to our identities as long as possible, to foster national pride through national celebrations.

      Perhaps you could begin a thanksgiving tradition in your country. These things always start somewhere! From what I know about Ireland there is MUCH to be thankful for in your wonderful country. Or maybe you could begin celebrating our American Thanksgiving Day with us by doing a cultural exchange study with family and friends. That's really the best part of today's celebration...family and friends! The food's pretty good too!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      R Talloni-

      We don't have Thanksgiving day in Ireland either.I think you are absolutely right to insist on holding on to the tradition-I think we live in a time where there is a type of blandness being perpetrated throughout the world-the same nonsense is going on here-with efforts to 'European-ise' the countries of Europe, at the cost of losing our specific identities!

      Mind you ,I wish we did have Thanksgiving here though!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly for stopping by and reading and commenting and for being nice!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice hub. You have a wonderful heart. God Bless You.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      create a page: Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments. All of history has definitively hard places, no "time" has been perfect. But the truth about is history is very, very important. Hope you have a lovely New Year!

      Lady-E: Thank you for stopping in as well. So nice to hear from the UK! Our Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful tradition that is rich with history we should be clinging to rather than throwing away. Thank you for commenting. May your 2010 be filled with goodness and joy.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      A lovely Hub and I like the way America celebrates Thanksgiving. We don't have it in the UK - I wish we did.

      A time to reflect and be grateful - A wonderful tradition. :)

      Happy 2010.

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      create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I enjoyed reading your hub RTalloni. I have heard different theories about the origin of Thanksgiving Day. Some have not been very pleasant. However, I believe that it is a good practice to give thanks and to fellowship on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for sharing your experience.