Giving Thanks in Many Ways
For many of us, it is about getting together with family. Often, Thanksgiving is one of the few days of the year when the entire family gets together, so the entire day is a celebration of loved ones. Even if they can't be together in the same place, families reconnect by telephone and emails to strengthen the family bonds.
Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday season, including Christmas and New Years. It's a kick-off to even more celebration, shopping and gatherings of family and friends. In this way, the Holiday season becomes more than a month long!
There is so much to be thankful for that many people spend their Thanksgiving in church or praying in other ways. One of the cooks has a very special way to share the abundance she has been given:
"It is the tradition in our family to invite some destitute person to our Thanksgiving lunch and to adopt that person for the day as part of our family. That way, we help the helpless and live up to God's wishes because we graciously give back what we graciously receive."- Lidia L.
No matter how we celebrate, Thanksgiving it is really about taking a day to reflect on and enjoy the things that are important to us... family, food, charity and religion.