According to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan.
While the spirit of giving thanks is still alive, Thanksgiving now also means the official start of the holiday shopping season, with many stores opting to open later in the day to accommodate the (hoped for) demand. I think the original intent of the holiday gets a little lost in all the commercial activity, and I’m as guilty as the next person.
That’s why I am so grateful, once again, to my sister-in-law, her husband, and the rest of their family for inviting us to their home to celebrate Thanksgiving.
It was a wonderful day, full of good conversation and lots of good food, which is right in line with what the day is all about (well that and football).
So as the day draws to a close, I just want to thank everyone who helped make it such a special day.
I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving 2018.