I've been away from this blog for awhile, mostly because I'm doing more writing on our Paradigm Farms blog (and trying to be a helpful husband for a change), but also partly because....you guessed it.....we've been busy, though lately not so much on farm related stuff. But today it was time to pause and give thanks.
It's this writer's opinion that Thanksgiving is perhaps the most widely celebrated American holiday. With a four day long weekend, most of the celebration feasts get done on Thursday, leaving three days for other pursuits, not least of which is Black Friday shopping which in many cases starts at midnight tonight or before.
I grew up with Thanksgiving in Canada and we always paused to have a good meal, but it was a one day affair (same day as Columbus Day) and most families I knew held their big meal not on Thanksgiving Monday but on the Sunday before it. If I had to pick a comparitive Canadian holiday, I'd choose the Christmas/Boxing Day combination as being most like Thanksgiving/Black Friday here in the US.
With the list of never ending blessings that make up my life, it'd honestly be easier to craft a list of stuff I'm NOT thankful for than to attempt to do the opposite. Through the blessings of health, luck, hard work and thrift we've created a good, secure living for ourselves and in the process we've created an enviable life to go along with it. If that's not something to be thankful for, I don't know what would be.
Blessings to you and yours on this Thanksgiving.
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