There is always something for which we have to be thankful in our life.
Thanksgiving means expressions of gratitude to everyone. Thanksgiving day is the day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. This day is celebrated as the national holiday on the second Monday of October in Canada.It originated as a harvest festival. The Americans call this event as the "First Thanksgiving" which was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This celebration lasted for three days. The New England were familiar with celebrating "Thanksgivings day” as the day of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought regularly.
First Thanksgiving day was celebrated as the days of prayer, not the days of the feast. The pilgrims also are known as English colonists and Wampanoag Indians celebrated this Thanksgiving day as the sign of the successful harvest. This celebration was held in autumn and lasted for three days. The celebration is initially considered as part of the religion. The first Thanksgiving day was celebrated in the year 1621, at that time celebration is addressed as the autumn harvest feast.
Since 1789, Thanksgiving day has been celebrated nationally on and off, after Congress has requested a proclamation by George Washington. Thanksgiving day has been celebrated as a Confederate holiday every year since 1863, and during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving day as a national day in the praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens and is celebrated it on the last Thursday in the November month. Therefore, with the Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. After 1942, FD Roosevelt passed the bill stating that Thanksgiving day to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November of every year and it is followed till now in the united states.
Some of the cities have thanksgiving day parades like,
Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade at St. Louis, Missouri
America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Belk Carolinas' Carrousel Parade at Charlotte, North Carolina
Celebrate the Season Parade at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and so on.
Some have created literature and Poetry based on Thanksgiving day. Some famous works are
Florence Earle Coates’s "Thanksgiving"in the year 1909.
Lydia Maria Child’s"Over the River and Through the Wood"in the year 1844,
Fanny J. Crosby and Ira D. Sankey composed and wrote a song "A Hymn of Thanksgiving" a song in the year 1899.
George Winston on his 1982 album December includes a song "Thanksgiving."
Traditional foods are a large part of this Thanksgiving celebration, and older traditional foods don’t include mashed potatoes. It’s like a gift to include the entire family in the food preparation. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and dessert at the end of the meal.
The NFL on the Thanksgiving day was a traditional series of games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day.
As Melody Beattie said that Always gratitude unleashes the fullness of life. Life can turn what we have into enough, and more, denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It also can turn a meal into a feast, house into the home, a stranger into a friend”. So, always be thankful for what you have!!!