Thanksgiving Day is probably celebrated most as a day for entertaining. It seems the holiday sentiments entice you to share special moments, food, memories, and laughter with those you care about. And people will travel from state to state, across country and even locally to spend time with family and friends.
Recently, in South Florida I overheard someone marvel at how low our Publix Supermarket prices were. It seems they were here visiting a parent. My thoughts… they must be from New York or some other pricey area. Hmmm….lower prices, really? But it was the cashier’s proclamation that I had saved $37.34 that caught my attention. It was unusual but I had purchased several buy-one-get-one free deals. They were items that I could really use during the holidays. As I reflect I am truly thankful for the savings and thought what a great way to start off celebrating Thanksgiving.
Sometimes here in the United States having bounty is taken for granted; although it may be less so in these difficult economic times. Therefore, why not make a point to express thanks each day leading up to but especially on Thanksgiving Day. And perhaps a creative way to incorporate giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day is to allow one person to share why they are thankful at dinner. This is a way to increase activity and participation while entertaining.
Given a little thought, most people can come up with something to be thankful for. Sharing builds memories and creates a lasting impression of good entertaining. Later, it gives the guests cause to remember the host home promoting more thanksgiving and prayer for the gracious hospitality.
Thanksgiving is a traditional celebration to give thanks as our ancestors did, for God’s gracious bounty! This is the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. (NIV) 2 Timothy 1:3