Thanksgiving is America’s second favorite holiday right after Christmas and not anyone is surprised by that. Thanksgiving is a holiday where friends and family come together to share is good food, giving thanks and celebrations. The country feasts on over 45 millions turkeys (that’s a heck of a lot of bird!) with stuffing and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and who could forget, the pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is one of those loved holidays for me too because it is one of the non-commercial holidays. After Halloween, retailers hop right into the Christmas season with stores decked out in green and red, Christmas music blaring over the sound system. But that doesn’t mean anyone forgets about Thanksgiving, it just is the quiet holiday that takes place on the fourth Thursday of November. As this holiday quickly approaches, I have compiled a list of ways you can be both thankful this year as well as giving.
· Tell the history of Thanksgiving – Not everyone knows the history of the holiday and I think it can be a great way to get the family talking by having people share their knowledge about the history behind the holiday.
· Share this holiday with others – Thanksgiving is a time spent with family but many people find themselves not in the same place as their families and without a way to get home to them. Offer up your home as a place for people to come who may not have family close by to spend the holiday with. Get your family involved, have them think about friends or people they know who could use a good meal and company on Thanksgiving and invite them over.
· Share what you are thankful for this year – My wife and daughter and I do this more frequently than just on Thanksgiving but especially on the holiday is a great time to sit down and express what each of us is thankful for this year. Take a bit of time before the meal and go around the table allowing everyone to say what they are thankful for, giving everyone a time to pause and reflect.
· Give back to others – Sharing with others less fortunate should be a staple with the Thanksgiving holiday. There are so many great organizations that give back during this time of year so take some time with your family to figure out a cause you believe in and go out and donate your time, energy and money towards that cause. Being able to share our thanks with others is what this holiday is really all about.
Remember, this is a holiday to appreciate those in your life and to help others in need. Be thankful for all that you have, the lives you touch, the kindness you show and the love you give and after being thankful, give back.