gratitude the reason for the season
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Gratitude: The Reason for the Season

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Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated by Canadians and Americans. Though the origins are different, the sentiment is essentially the same. Thanksgiving is a day set apart to celebrate the bounty and blessings of the year. Reminding us to be thankful for the abundance and wonderful things that have happened — even when a lot of things have not gone to plan or have actually gone wrong.

In America, there are a lot of traditions that go hand-in-hand with Thanksgiving. Football, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and large dinners with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Certainly, these are things to be thankful for, but there’s plenty of other reasons to be grateful this time of year too. Even with the pandemic, health and economic fears, and social distancing, we still can be grateful.

Planning for the Thanksgiving holiday can be stressful – especially this year. The costs associated with a big meal can be overwhelming. The ability to celebrate the holiday with family may be too risky so that may put a damper on the season. There can be added stress if the holiday comes when life’s chaotic. The holidays shouldn’t be burdensome. When you’re struggling to find joy, it’s important to center yourself and get back to the reason for the season.

Thanksgiving is about gratitude

Being grateful is a wonderful state of mind. Finding things to be grateful for can be hard when there’s too much pulling at you. You needn’t feel obligated to make the holiday a big show. Thanksgiving can be as simple as a small meal shared by immediate friends and family or as extravagant as a full traditional spread shared by everyone on your contacts list during a normal year. Many people may have to incorporate video in their celebrations this year to involve extended family. It isn’t about the food it’s about setting aside time to be grateful for the bounty you’ve experienced this year.

Show your gratitude in many ways


Being grateful can be an inward or outward experience. Some people use Thanksgiving as a time to publicly share the people and things they are grateful for. It’s common to take time and give thanks for the abundance each person has before enjoying a meal. It is a wonderful time to encourage younger family members to express their gratitude and help them understand the importance of being thankful.

There are powerful inward expressions of gratitude as well. Keeping a gratitude journal can be a wonderful way to express your personal thanksgiving without having to speak out publicly. Art, poetry, and other creative outlets are a great way to show your thanks during Thanksgiving and all year round.

You can also show your gratitude through sharing your resources. From donating to a local food pantry to spending quality time with loved ones, there are plenty of ways to show how thankful you are and how much you care.

Thanksgiving is a season dedicated to being grateful and celebrating the bounty that life has offered. Be sure to focus on what’s right in your world and being grateful for all the blessings you have.


As I noted in a previous post, I published a gratitude series last year during Thanksgiving. Here is a link if you would like to take a look. It will help guide you to find things to be grateful for! 30 Days Gratitude

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Gratitude: The Reason for the Season

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