In two days, Gary and I will travel to West Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my family. We will travel by plane for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to Florida next Monday.
From theweek.com article; 6 Thanksgiving celebrations around the world –
Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, originated in the fall of 1621, when Pilgrims celebrated their first successful wheat crop. The holiday has since evolved into a day in which bickering families and drunken friends gather to consume massive amounts of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, before lounging for hours in front of the TV or battling strangers during midnight Black Friday sales. But while all of that revelry seems uniquely American, we are not the only culture to celebrate a bountiful harvest.
The article goes on to describe the following agriculturally-based festivals around the world: Canadian Thanksgiving, China’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Korea’s Chuseok, Liberian Thanksgiving, Ghana’s Homowo Festival and The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles
All the previous mentioned festivals around the world are about celebrating. Neighbors, friends and families gather together to celebrate by sharing food & stories, dancing, singing and giving thanks.
Last year around this time I wrote a post ‘This year will be different‘; and I started with the following –
Later this week, my partner and I will spend Thanksgiving with my family in another city about 5 hours away. Every year on Thanksgiving my siblings, parents, nephews, nieces, and their kids, my sons, and grandkids gather at my sister’s home. I have not spent Thanksgiving with my family in over 10 years!
This year will be different; I will be there to spend time with my family.
In today’s post, I will conclude with the following –
This year will be the same: I will be there again to spend time with my family.
This year will be the same: Thanksgiving again with my siblings, parents, nephews, nieces and their kids, my sons, and grandkids will gather at my sister’s home.
This year will be different: this year, my spouse and I will spend Thanksgiving with my family in another state about 15 hours away.
This year will be different: this year, I have cancer.
This year my family will gather and have a festival to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will gather to share food & stories, maybe a little dancing & singing and unquestionably giving thanks.
We again will spend another Thanksgiving together and celebrate each other.
My hope for you reading this post, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or any of the above-mentioned festivals around the world, let us keep one thing in mind.
We are diverse in many ways, but then again we are similar in so many more.
Let us celebrate each other.