Nov 19, 2012 - 4:56 am
Here in the U.S. we're starting Thanksgiving week. For those abroad who don't know the origins of this holiday, it was originally observed in 1621 at the Massachusetts Bay Colony to celebrate the survival of the first year the pilgrims were there, and they only survived because of the help from their Indian neighbors who helped them with farming, foraging and hunting to get by. Over the centuries, it has evolved to be a greatly loved American holiday with the core principle being to give thanks to God (or who/whatever a person wishes to thank) for the good things which have happened to us in the previous year.
For me, one of the most wonderful things about Thanksgiving is that it hasn't turned into some commercialized excuse to sell candy, toys, cards etc. Probably the closest thing to commercialization associated with the day is the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; but that's not really about Thanksgiving. It's the kicking off point for the Christmas season (hence Santa Claus always being on the last float of the parade.) No, Thanksgiving has always managed to remain a day devoted to family, friends and acknowledging the Blessings we have experienced.
For that last part, I would like to invite all of our CSN family and friends to join us in spirit this Thursday by participating in your own dinner of love, happiness and thanks. I do know that other countries have their own days of Thanksgiving, so to me it would be a lovely sentiment for us to spiritually participate on those days as well.
This year, the thing that I shall be most thankful is the love, friendship and support that I've found here on CSN. I may or may not ever met anyone from this board (but I sure hope that I do!) and still you will all be with me in my heart always.
God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving to all!