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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious traditions, but today is celebrated in a more secular manner.

Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, although it was started as a prayer of thanks by the Pilgrims and Puritans in New England. It is not restricted to one people, as it was a celebration shared by native Americans, and those of German, Dutch, and British back ground.
It is a day of giving thanks for making it to the holiday. It is a day of giving thanks for new and old friends. It's a day of giving thanks for those with us, and those distant, even if the distance is time as in those gone from the earth. It's a day of appreciation for all we have, and all we have to offer.
It is a day of feasting, and football (especially if the Cowboys lose). A day of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. A day of family and friends. A day of giving and helping those less fortunate. It is a day of reflecting back on your blessings.
Give thanks, give a hug, lift a glass of your favorite beverage, and remember all you have to be thankful for.

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