American Thanksgiving Day allows Canadians to celebrate the holiday twice! Many traditions are the same, with a few variations. The pumpkin pie, the traditional turkey dinner and the pumpkin spice lattes are observed across the border in Canada. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863. The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated in the year 1621. This was one of the original observances of the holiday after a successful harvest in the New World. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863.
Other popular holiday foods include mashed potatoes with gravy , stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, squash, brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie. Other official activities include shopping on Black Friday, and watching NFL football. Thanksgiving Day is a day to relax, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy a festive dinner with all of the trimmings. The day is marked with parades throughout the country including following cities – New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. Plymouth, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, El Paso, Fountain Hills, St. Louis, Charlotte, and Seattle.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Black Friday shopping is a time honoured tradition for many people. Cyber Monday follows. Create Your own holiday traditions to mark events. Be creative. Do things that appeal to You and Your family. Spend time together.Watch a movie or read. Sleep in, if possible. Communities across North America host a charity Thanksgiving Dinner for low income families and the homeless. Many people enjoy volunteering for these events annually. Keep in touch with friends and family. Holiday events can be lonely or tense for some people. Isolation may intensify this feeling. Keep in touch with family and friends. Celebrate with family living far away by writing letters, or sending cards, flowers or emails.
Thanksgiving week creates the opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Focusing on the positive aspects of life creates a magnet. This force attracts more good. What We focus on expands and increases. Life in itself is the biggest miracle of all. We are all here on the planet for a purpose. Discover this purpose? Take this time to align Your feelings, thoughts, emotions, words, and actions with clarity. People have become too busy to stop and take a break. Inner reflection is an important tool for self discovery. This Thanksgiving day take time out to create a list of one hundred things the things You are grateful for. Set this list aside, but check it from time to time through out the year. Clear out clutter and donate what You are no longer using. Donate non perishable items to the local food bank – Baby food and formula is always in high demand.
Thanksgiving Day Affirmations
- I give thanks for the love of My family.
- I am thankful for My great health.
- Great things happen to Me each and every day.
- I am grateful for the air I breath, the water I drink, and the food I eat.
- I am grateful for the many opportunities that come My way.
- I give thanks for the support and encouragement of My colleagues.