Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day for giving thanks. Originally you gave thanks for the harvest and fortune of the preceding year. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month of November. This year it falls on the 26th of November. In Canada, it is celebrated a bit earlier. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October since 1957. This is because in Canada the cold weather usually starts sooner and it was supposed to represent the end of harvest time.
Nowadays most families see it as an excuse to not work and celebrate with their families and some people have no idea why it is celebrated. I remember celebrating this as a child with my family and sitting with my cousins. We always had a children’s table and an adults’ table. The children always went around saying what there were most thankful for because that’s what we were taught in school or saw on television. I suppose the adults did the same, we were never allowed to get involved in grown up talk so we didn’t ask.
Most of the things we were thankful for then were material things like our gameboys, bicycles or any toy that we loved at the time. Then we would also say we were thankful for the food on the table or for our moms for cooking and buying us things. After all we were just children and didn’t understand that there were bigger and greater things to be thankful for. Today, I am still very thankful for my mom but also the family I created, health, love and happiness.
What are you thankful for?