Celebrate each other

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.

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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.

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Image Provided by: Unveiled Wife

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.

56 thoughts on “Celebrate each other

  1. Beautiful post my friend. I am so pleased you will be with your family celebrating and giving thanks.
    Here in South Africa we do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Personally I think it is a wonderful celebration (and something I should start with my family) My husband would be happy, turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas 🙂 Have a lovely day further. 🙂

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  2. Right terry ..
    let’s celebrate 🎉 each other.. and celebrate 🎉this wonderful life we have given the opportunity to enjoy 😊..

    Everyday alive and above the ground… is a good 😊 day..

    Time for giving thanks 🙏🏻 and celebrating each other..

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  3. Where is the love button when you need one. Great post Terry. You have had a tumultuous year filled with many challenges. May Thanksgiving for you be a day to celebrate how you have overcome all of these challenges with your heart and spirit intact.

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  4. What an unutterably beautiful post. Every word is point perfect and I share your hope that people will embrace the difference and the alikeness and celebrate together wherever they are with their closest. Your year has been amongst the bumpiest …. I wish to you and to Gary a safe and flawless travel day and a wonderful joyful few days in the bosom of those closest to you.

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  5. Couldn’t say it any better than you did…….. “We are diverse in many ways, but then again we are similar in so many more. Let us celebrate each other.”
    ❤ ❤ ❤ Happy Thanksgiving week!

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