Despite having fond memories of the holiday, there was a time when I wasn’t sure if I should celebrate Thanksgiving. Large family gatherings, great food, and seasonal changes mark my earliest memories of the holiday. As I got older I contemplated the history and controversy surrounding Thanksgiving. Over the years I’ve taken the time to think about what this holiday means for me, and balance that with the historical realities of the holiday. Genuinely acknowledging and understanding the history of the holiday has allowed me to develop a sense of great respect for all of the people who came before me. Essentially they allowed my life as an American to be a possibility. In many ways I think I am most thankful to them.
Likewise I feel that Thanksgiving (and November to a greater extent) is an appropriate time to reflect on the learning and growth that has happened during the year. It is also an appropriate time to be thankful and celebrate a year’s gains (both tangible and intangible). A part of Thanksgiving that really resonates with me is the seasonal component. November in the northern hemisphere is a time of harvest, and to me it makes sense to celebrate this time of year by sharing food with those you love and members of your community. While I do think it is important to show gratitude throughout the year, this season in my opinion is ideal for honoring mindfulness, reflection, and thanksgiving.
I am thankful for so much, and as I establish holiday traditions that are honest and meaningful for myself and my family, I want to make sure I use this platform to show my appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for reading. I hope each and every one of you has a great November. 🍂🍁🍃