- The expression of gratitude
- (Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day) (in North America) The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October. 1
According to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
My Thanksgiving Thoughts
Although Thanksgiving Day originated from a meal that expressed gratitude for the harvest, I think it’s safe to say that this day in age Thanksgiving Day is a symbol of gratitude for all abundances in life. I’ve noticed that people are using the entire month of November to say thanks and express gratitude in their lives. For example, my Facebook newsfeed is filled with daily “thanks” or “today I’m thankful for…” posts.
Nowadays, Thanksgiving Day still typically consists of the traditional turkey dinner, but our celebrations have changed throughout the centuries. Although I’m sure the Pilgrims played games and had some other forms of entertainment, I’m sure it was much different than our modern day football games that are watched across the nation on Thanksgiving Day. There are also a lot of movie releases and parades. Most notably the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
How Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving?
What are you thankful for and how do you express your gratitude? November is the perfect time to reflect on life and show gratitude for the things and people that help make us who we are and make our lives more enriched.
At Your Employment Solutions, we celebrate by getting together at work the day before and sharing a small Thanksgiving feast. We even close the office down for that. It's small, but it's fun — and our employees our worth it! In fact, YES is thankful for all of our employees! Full time, part time, temporary, seasonal, you name it! Our employees make work happen and supply hard work and determination to our many client companies. We wouldn’t be who we are without them!
Personally, I celebrate Thanksgiving by having a big meal with my family and/or the in-laws. We take turns saying something we’re thankful for and express our love for each other. There’s usually a football game on the TV while we hang out playing card games. I very much enjoy spending this quality time with my loved ones and expressing my gratitude
Today I am thankful for another day of living and learning. I am thankful for my job and the food and shelter it provides. I am thankful for my family, friends, and coworkers who continually teach me so much.
I am thankful for Thanksgiving.
Human Resources Manager
Your Employment Solutions