In numerous cultures those who; have passed away, are out of the area, are unable to physically be present (i.e. sickness, incarceration, etc.) are honored/remembered in a plethora of ways. Whether it is the simplicity of a place setting left untouched in remembrance or the verbal recollections of family/friends/loved ones or even when time is made to say prayers these acts are just as important, if not more so, than the gathering itself.
Thanksgiving is a special time in the United States and it is an occassion whereby the children learn, and participate, in the traditions and the love and yes even in the disagreements that sometimes occur around the dinner table. Children learn by words and by a greater measure by the actions of others. Passing along ones values, and the true meaning/facts of each Holiday, are crucial to a childs development.
It is my hope, prayer(s), and thoughts to everyone who these words reach that they have a; blessed, wonderful, memorable, healthy, happy, and “positive” Thanksgiving. Being thankful for what each of us have, and acknowledging the blessings bestowed from God, is something that should be mandatory on this Thanksgiving as well as an integral part of our everyday life. For life, and sharing life with those we love/befriend/ are related to, should never be taken for granted.
May this Thanksgiving be one free of stress, of drama, and of discontent. May this 2011 Holiday Season be one of joy, goodwill, and peace for you and your family. May 2012 be a year in which all of your endeavors are achieved.
May God bless you one…and all.