Thursday, November 25, 2010

GIVE THANKS

"Before European visitors arrived here, native people had been celebrating a series of Thanksgivings throughout the year for many, many generations.  Those thanksgivings recognized and acknowledged the natural world and the gifts of land provided by mother earth." (source)
"In our society, it is not uncommon for our modern celebrations to have arisen from evil beginnings. Over the centuries, Thanksgiving has become a special day to join with loved ones in an offering of thanks for our blessings. Some give their time to help with the homeless and hungry. It is now a day of giving, and of honor, and of true thanksgiving.


In your Thanksgivings to come, I would ask that you offer a silent prayer for the spirits of those who were sacrificed so long ago. You and I did not commit these atrocities, and we are certainly not responsible for the behavior of our ancestors be they red, white, black or yellow.


However, we are charged with the responsibility of learning our true history, and of having the courage to behave with honor and dignity toward our fellow man. If the lessons of history are not learned, they will repeat themselves." (source)
I don't personally celebrate Thanksgiving (didn't grow up celebrating it), but I did leave work early today in order to attend the big family Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law's house. Food was phenomenal and I stuffed myself with pasta, broccoli, artichoke, brussels sprouts, pineapple custard, sweet potato casserole and rice and beans. Not to even mention the dessert table that had apple pie, coconut custard, cannoli, ten different varieties of cookies, cheese cake, fruit platter, ice cream, cinnamon cake etc...
I wanted to start a tradition of my own for Thanksgiving and adopted a turkey. This made me extremely happy. Now I just need to find my way up to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary to meet my new baby in person.

4 comments:

  1. This is such a special post telling about the history of thanskgiving. It's not widely celebrated in London, but since I've been to Toronto I love the idea of it! So much to be thankful for.

    Hope you had a wonderful day!

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  2. Your cats are really cute ^^ I like your blog it's nice :)

    Thanks for having stopped by mine btw ^^

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  3. Thank you for your comment!!! Hope you do get to go to Thailand for your honeymoon!!! Happy turkey day!!! Cute photo of the jacket and hat!!!
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