We now get together each November with family for Thanksgiving. It is supposed to be a day of giving thanks for all we have.
In that 'definition' - it can be celebrated whenever you want and should be celebrated all over the world. Having a day of giving thanks should just be a regular event for everyone.
As a child, basically every Sunday was a day of thanks. Lots of family appeared at and around the table and we had wonderful large meals - no one was ever turned away, and there always seemed to be enough! Granted, it wasn't on the grand scale of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter - but it was always a celebration of thanks and family.
It seems that now the day has become a day of over indulging and football and parades. It is considered the day the holiday season really begins in America. It is the day for giving thanks for what we have - so the next day/days can be spent spending money we don't necessarily have on things no one really needs and fighting with strangers over that stuff - just a time gluttony (on many levels).
If you live somewhere other than the U.S. - you just can't comprehend the total and absolute madness of 'Black Friday' (the day after Thanksgiving). It truly is shameful!
I give thanks each and every day on some level.
Days that we get to spend with family are joyous and special.
In the U.S. we are now heading into the coldest part of the year. There are so many folks that have no homes, no proper clothing, no nutritious food, and they live on the streets. I just can not fathom this! Many are families. I know for a fact it happens - it just is so hard for my brain to understand and comprehend. How can we allow this to happen?
The nights that get so cold, my mind wonders to these folks and how they are trying to survive and stay warm. (I realize for some it is a choice - but not all).
If you have a family (could just be you and your other), a roof over your head, warmth, food to nourish you body (no matter how simple) and a reasonable amount of health - you are INDEED BLESSED!!!!!!!
Not everyone is so fortunate.
So please, IF you find yourself out shopping this weekend or anytime - thinks of others, Maybe buy a few inexpensive fleece throws, cheap gloves or stocking caps, thrift store blankets, non-used (from your home) winter coats, etc. and give to the local shelter or food kitchen to help others. Getting super deals at the grocery? Donate some to food pantries for those in need.
Think of others less fortunate - that is what the entire holiday season is about.
THAT IS WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT!
We have always donated to the shelters and food pantries. ALSO, think about getting some small toys for the kids that are part of homeless families in shelters - they don't understand why they have nothing.
I believe as citizens of Earth, we have an obligation to help others. If each and every person did SOMETHING, no matter how small, for another person - this would be one totally blessed and wonderful world.
BE KIND, BE GIVING, LOVE those LESS fortunate.
Be the help that you want to see. The next time you think, "something should be done" - be one that DOES SOMETHING!!!
THANKS AND GIVING BLESSINGS TO ALL MY FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD!