It’s a wonderful American holiday, this day when we choose to interrupt our normal routines and be mindful and expressive of all for which we are thankful. Of course, the pilgrims took three days to celebrate – why couldn’t Lincoln have thrown us three, too, eh?? One for proteins, one for dessert, and one for parades and football. oh, and shopping, of course! We have chosen not to keep up with the Joneses this year, no, we are not opening at 4:00 a.m. ~ but we are opening early at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
In case someone expects you to wax eloquently on the subject, here is a gathering of quotes for you to share over your turkey (or tofurkey or turducken or fowl-of-choice) dinner.
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~Author Unknown
What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. ~Seneca
Quick! Say the Thanksgiving blessing!
Then pass me that gravy and dressing.
More turkey, mashed potatoes,
Green beans, pie, and hot rolls.
Weight Watchers tomorrow, I’m guessing.
~Patty Talasy, Crockett
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie
As for me, I wish you a holiday of enough. Most of us have not known true want, and I hope that for you and your loved ones such is the case. If you feel as blessed as I do, I encourage you to share from your blessings with someone near you, and be thankful for the privilege of being able to do so.
Life is good!