When I began thinking about the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the traditions of the holiday, I decided to do a little research which lead me to some interesting facts. Some you may know and some you may not.
The first Thanksgiving was to celebrate the pilgrims first successful harvest. It lasted 3 days and included hunting, games and feast. This very first Thanksgiving celebration took place in November; the year was 1621.
At the time it was not an annual thing and wasn’t repeated by the pilgrims.
It was in 1789 that George Washington declared a National Thanksgiving November 26, 1789. It didn’t become an annual tradition until the 19th century.
Even though we relate it to the pilgrims there isn’t much the same on the table as there was on the very first Thanksgiving. There wasn’t a turkey or pumpkin pie. It probably was venison, vegetables and fruit.
So, what is the true meaning of Thanksgiving or giving thanks?
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year, to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sanford Martin
Is Thanksgiving in your heart daily?
The meaning of the word thanksgiving is: the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
One of the first things I do when working with clients is to have them begin a gratitude journal. Living in gratitude is living in love, peace and harmony. Having a thankful heart is having a happy heart.
By shifting your focus on gratitude, you pay little attention to negative. Even those challenging lessons that are presented to us, if looked at with gratitude for the lesson that we are about to learn changes the entire situation.
Begin shifting your thoughts to thankful ones in every little area of your day. You get your car put your hands on the wheel give thanks that you have a car and for your safe journey. You encounter a stranger and you exchange a simple smile, give that’s for the warmth of the exchange. It is the little things that make up the big things.
This holiday season why not give yourself the gift of a happy heart all year long full of Thanksgiving.
It is with a heart full of thankfulness I wish you and your family love, peace and many blessings.