If there is one holiday I would love to celebrate with my family, it would be Thanksgiving. But alas, we are not American and we live on the other side of the Atlantic where, as a nation, we are afraid of showing our feelings or sharing too much. If the movies are true to life (as we all know most movies definitely are!), Thanksgiving is about American football, a parade, and a HUGE dinner with family all holding hands and expressing their love and thanks for each other. The football aspect might have a place in Irish society, but the rest is a little too cheesy for daoine na hEireann. But this Irish girl loves the meaning behind this American holiday.
Thanksgiving is about unity; Friends and family spending time together. It’s a time for the reconciliation of differences, sharing our highs and lows, and our hopes and dreams. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on and learn from the past, in a sentimental yet respectful way. It is a time to remember what has been, and realise that it shapes what is yet to come. Thanksgiving is about gratitude; being grateful for what you have and for recognising those who are less fortunate.
The things I am grateful for hasn’t really changed much from last year. I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends who show me love and support every day. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the food on the table. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for this cold spell were are experiencing because with the change of season comes new adventures. I’m thankful for each and every one of you who reads or leisurely peruses my blog. You have made me make sense of the quote ‘be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairytale.’ One of my favourite blogs right now Travel Morgan Travel put is best when she says “I’m thankful for this life I live.”
Wishing all my family, friends and readers, wherever you are in the world, a very happy Thanksgiving.
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