We are ready to travel to Houston to celebrate Thanksgiving with our children. Cannot wait!!! Thanksgiving is the holiday the can be celebrated by anyone and everyone, the holiday that has no religious affiliation, no symbols that need to be displayed, no commercial value (unless you count supermarkets and food stores). There are no presents to buy, decorations to drag out and arranged, no repetitive songs playing at all hours, no frantic countdown. I know it is not as popular around the world, but it should be. We all have something to be thankful for, regardless of where we live or who we worship or who we are. Thankfulness is universal.
It is really unimportant where or why this holiday began. Most people hardly remember those first celebrants. Pilgrims and Native Americans are really an afterthought for many. On the other hand, the dinner, the togetherness and the family around the table is all important. Why, we should ask? I find it a simple reason: preparing food, cooking together have always been bonding experiences. We all understand the power of a meal: from the planning of the menu, the gathering of the food stuff, the cooking, the camaraderie around the kitchen to the result of a delicious feast to share with our loved ones. Who doesn’t understand the power of food?
It is food that brings us together, there is no doubts in my mind. Once all the preparation is done, once we sit at the table and look around with gratitude, it is then that we realized how much we have to be thankful for. Who would have thought? The simple act of preparing and sharing this feast is what makes this holiday so perfect.
This is why it’s my favorite holiday, even if I am not a great cook. I enjoy cooking for Thanksgiving!!! Life rumbles along, dispensing good and not so good things. We tend to dwell on the not so good, we complain and feel sorry for ourselves. All along we tend to ignore the small things, the ones that bring us joy: the ones we should be thankful for. This day reminds us, puts things into perspective, gives us the opportunity to celebrate all the good that we have in our lives.
Phot by: Olga Vasilkova/Dreamtime