Thanksgiving Day In The USA

 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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                       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.
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The Magic of Halloween.

Halloween is a festive event. Handing out candy to all of the children in the neighborhood allows Me the chance to admire the adorable costumes. I make a point of preparing a pumpkin soup  to add to the splendor and excitement of the season. Neighbors decorate their  front windows, doors and porches with witches, pumpkins, ghosts, and skeletons. I’ve always felt a crisp and wonderful energy – Halloween is a time of magic.

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Have You ever wondered about the ancient roots of Halloween. Often Our traditions predate Christianity. The ancient festival of Samhain  was observed through out the  Celtic lands , in Ireland, Scotland and Isle of Man, from October 31 until November 1st. The date  falls at midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter solstice. For this reason, Samhain is  classified as a cross quarter date on the Wheel of the Year of The Celtic Calendar.  On this day the veil between our world  and other dimensions blur, as energy surges . It is said at this time Souls return through this veil to visit. Many  important events  recorded in Irish  Literature and Mythology are set during Samhain.   Feasts were prepared, with place settings and food set aside for departed souls. Ritual bonfires were lit for protection of homes, livestock and farms. Divination rituals were important at this time. People went door to door in costumes, or disguises, reciting verses in exchange for food. Samhain officially marked the conclusion of the harvest season, and signaled  the beginning of winter. In an agrarian society this involved preparing for the cold weather ahead. November 1st marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year.  Samhain evolved into All Hallow’s Eve. Many other European cultures developed similar traditions. The Ukrainian people celebrate Malanka, the second week of January. People dress up in costumes, and visit friends and neighbors door to door, singing and caroling. The event involves dressing in masks and costumes.

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By the 9th century, The Catholic Church  proclaimed  All Saint’s Day on November 1st, and All Souls Day on November 2.  Eventually Samhain, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day evolved  into the current observance of Halloween. In Mexico and Europe All Saints Day is observed on November 1st. Today, Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans observe Samhain. It is celebrated as a spiritual event incorporating the many of the original traditions and rituals  of the season.

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No discussion of Halloween would be complete with out the mention of  black cats.  During the middle ages,  cats were believed to have evil powers. Cats across the European Continent were killed in large numbers. Black Cats were thought to be exceptionally evil.  As soldiers and knights returned from the Crusades, rodents also boarded  the ships carrying the deadly Bubonic Plague. Because the cat population was almost exterminated, the Plague spread faster and faster, through out Europe. Often people who dared to own a cat would avoid death. The extermination of cats was halted. Cats were brought back in to the farms, villages, towns, and cities. Cats played an important roll in eliminating the Plague in Europe.

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