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I envy America her Thanksgiving tradition. Family members usually… 
25th-Nov-2010 08:32 am
on being human

I envy America her Thanksgiving tradition. Family members usually gather in the home of an older relative and give thanks for all the good things they have, during the Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed the day a national holiday. It has been a fixture of late November ever since. 

Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful Harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In the Uk 
Harvest Festival is the closest thing we have to Thanksgiving. In former times, at British churches, chapels and schools, people would bring in food from the garden, the allotment or farm. The food was distributed among the poor and senior citizens of the local community, or used to raise funds for the church or charity. In more recent times, cans and packets have replaced the fresh produce and the celebration is in decline (especially in urban areas) and not widely observed.

In the run-up to Christmas, which has been hijacked by marketing companies (Coca Cola nabbed St Nicholas decades ago) , and is now a materialistic grab-fest, it would be so nice to spend some time giving thanks for the good things in life. I am thankful for MWNN, Ron, The Daughter and Son-in-Law,  for good food, clean water on tap, a warm secure home, and for music and the ability to hear in stereo again.

and for champagne and rose and violet cremes.
25th-Nov-2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes. Having a harvest festival is indeed an ancient tradition, although I'm sure Lincoln thought he was being very original. :) As so often happens, Thanksgiving is gradually be hijacked by commercial interests and Black Friday (the first "official" big shopping day of the Christmas season) is moving to "Black very early Friday morning" "Black middle of the night specials" and, in some cases, "Thanksgiving Day Pre-Black Friday" sales. *sigh*
25th-Nov-2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I actually saw an ad promising "specials all Black Friday week." Uh, didn't we used to call that Thanksgiving week?

Nevertheless, It doesn't seem to me that Thanksgiving day itself is in danger of being hijacked by anything but the supermarkets. All my US Facebook friends are posting about what we're cooking today. :-)
25th-Nov-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
LOL True. I don't think anyone is passing up the meal to shop. :)
26th-Nov-2010 02:56 am (UTC)
I also think Thanksgiving is an enviable holiday... A day where you sit with family and friends and remember what there is to be thankful for.
Well, happy thanksgiving to you.
27th-Nov-2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, Chen. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and that life is a little more kind than when we last 'spoke'.
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