What Does Thanksgiving Mean?

What Does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Hear the word “Thanksgiving” and what comes to mind?

  • Food and lots of it;
  • Football and lots of it;
  • Napping after the food and football;
  • Family gatherings, and realizing perhaps why you don’t get together more often;
  • For farming families it means the harvest;
  • For moms and grandmas it’s baking and cooking sometimes for days;
  • And the day after we now call “Black Friday” even though some retailers begin on Thanksgiving evening.

These are some of the most common responses to the meaning of Thanksgiving. But in our country we have so much to be thankful for that these responses seem inadequate, in my opinion.

My gratitude list for thanksgiving

Gratitude should be part of our every day, and yet we live very different lives one from the other so pick your best way to show your gratitude. On this day, this Thanksgiving eve I am grateful for:

  • My family–a loving husband, our three children and their families;
  • Our church family;
  • Our home sheltering us from the cold wind, rain, and maybe snow;
  • Nature and its beauty all seasons of the year;
  • Music, which lends harmony and peace to our days;
  • Books, which teach us and bring pleasure to our lives;
  • Love, peace, hope, and faith–cornerstones of our spiritual lives;
  • And for God’s enormous gift of His Son Jesus Christ.

Taking time for gratitude allows the joy to fill your world in greater abundance.

To you and your family wishes for a ~

12 Replies to “What Does Thanksgiving Mean?”

  1. Sherrey, wishing you and your family the happiest of Thanksgivings. You are right, we should be mindful to give thanks every day, not just one day a year. And my gratitude list is much like yours.
    Blessings!

    1. Joan, wishing you and John and the rest of your family a happy Thanksgiving too. Not surprising our gratitude lists would be similar.
      Blessings, dear friend!

  2. Gwendolyn Plano says:

    Lovely, Sherrey. I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Gwendolyn, how lovely to see you hear. Thanks for your generous words and Thanksgiving wishes.

  3. Marian Beaman says:

    A lovely post, Sherry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this season!

    1. Thank you, Marian, for your gracious comments. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Cliff. I’m guessing you’ll be surrounded by grandchildren tomorrow.

      1. Marian Beaman says:

        That’s right, Sherry. But I am no longer the hostess. Our daughter Crista has volunteered for that honor (duty?)

        1. We’ll let Crista decide between honor and duty. And all the while you’ve been gifted the freedom to enjoy your grandchildren while Crista does the cooking!

  4. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sherrey!

    1. April, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Lovely Thanksgiving reflection, Sherrey. Sending Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family. I agree, we have much to be grateful for!

    1. Kathy, thanks for thoughts. Trust you, Wayne, and the rest of your family had a Thanksgiving filled with love and warmth.

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