Day 14: Thanksgiving #GIG2017

As per request, a little tune to get us on the right foot today.

Let’s face it. I kind of look over this day. Brush it aside. And I know plenty of others do, too. Heck, I don’t even eat the turkey (and neither should you, but that’s for another time).

Thanksgiving is a holiday that basically represents a big meal and little kids wearing pilgrim hats. An oversimplified version, yes, but when compared to other days of the year, not as many people are getting hyped up about today like they are for Christmas or even their birthday.

So keeping this post short and sweet to actually celebrate and appreciate the day, I want to express my gratitude for Thanksgiving.

Which, admittedly, doesn’t have the best history backing it up, another point we should be more aware of. The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in 1637, but it was nothing like we picture it being. Massachusetts Colony Governor John Winthrop proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians – men, women and children – all murdered…Yeah, not the best circumstances to be commemorating here. But by acknowledging this day, we don’t have to celebrate it for this same reason.

Not to mention that often for Thanksgiving, you think of the many relatives coming together which inevitably leads to some…not so jolly times, especially with opposing views. Or if you’re not a big fan of the typical Thanksgiving meal like me, you probably ask yourself, “Why care at all?”

I’m grateful for this day, a devoted time to be with my family and enjoy each others’ company. I’m grateful for the food on my plate. The promise this day brings. The opportunity to go all-out in expressing my gratitude. The freedom to really make this day what you see best fits.

Sure, there’s some more flashy holidays coming around the corner, but today is just a day. I know I will certainly be putting on the Christmas music and putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn’t mean I completely forget what today is.

So go, tell people you love and appreciate them. Slow down and think of those little things we’ve been appreciating all month that we might overlook otherwise. Respect how each of us might celebrate Thanksgiving and be grateful for such freedom and diversity present.

And whether it be today or any other day, take your gratitude beyond the kitchen table. Express gratitude on a daily basis, through your words and actions. Every day can have a snippet of Thanksgiving in there, at least the message of gratitude it should serve.

I hope your day is one of comfort, around people who support and accept you for who you are. If not, seek that energy out and appreciate it. We might not all have that warm, fuzzy feeling from the typical family setting, but nobody said your family is defined only by blood. You’d be surprised by the amazing gifts in your life.

How are you celebrating this day? What are some traditions you uphold, or even some new ones that fit your ideal Thanksgiving?

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

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