Thanksgiving has no clear origin. Some people believe that it is a pagan tradition. Others think that it has religious roots. Turkey is also one of the primary dishes served during Thanksgiving, but it is unclear why turkey is the chosen meal.
There could be varying traditions for Thanksgiving, and you can believe whatever you want. The point is that it is the time for everyone to remember what they are grateful for, and hope for a good year ahead.
If you are a religious person, you can thank whichever higher body you believe in, but if you are not, you can still say your gratitude to the universe. Thanksgiving is also a Western tradition, usually practiced in the US and Canada. However, it does not mean that other people can’t follow this tradition or celebrate holidays that aren’t part of their religion.
In short, it does not matter where you are from or whatever god you believe in. You can be thankful for a good year, and celebrate Thanksgiving. It does not even have to be a good year for you to be grateful. You can say thank you for the small things that you received in life.
Apart from being thankful, you can also take this chance to spend time with the people you love. Throughout the year, you might have been too focused on your job. You balanced a lot of things without thinking that you did not keep in touch with the people you love and who love you back. Since it is a holiday, you need to drop whatever it is that you are doing and enjoy the presence of your family. Some of them might even travel from distant places to see you.
You can give gifts if you want to express your gratitude to those special people. You can also start a charitable act if you want to extend happiness to people you don’t know. Most of all, you need to spend time catching up with your family during Thanksgiving dinner.
If you worry that you won’t have enough time to prepare the meal this year, you can request catering services. Some companies are still open, and you can request them to provide you with this service. Another option is to treat the family with a Thanksgiving dinner in any of the Upper West Side restaurants. You may need to reserve a table in advance since many other families might also consider this option for Thanksgiving.
Don’t forget those who are not around
Not everyone in your family might be present during the Thanksgiving dinner. Some members already passed away. Despite that, you need to include them in your thoughts and prayers. Wherever they may be, they are a part of your family. You won’t forget them, and you want them to remain in your heart.
Thanksgiving is not about the gifts or turkey. It is about being together and remembering the good things that you experienced throughout the year.
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