Thanksgiving, I am Thankful for

I was never aware of what thanksgiving was or what it meant and what the significance of the festival was. Working with US clients and a regular dosage of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and How I Met Your Mother introduced me to the concept. So basically the festival was originally celebrated to thank god for the harvest, like we celebrate Baisakhi in India. However, later the aspect of the festival changed to be Thankful in general and also to People around you and it prominently involves a Thanksgiving dinner which involves, Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie.
I liked the idea of being thankful on a day, gradually I understood the depth of it I have fallen in love with it. Basically my thanksgiving doesn’t have a dinner involving turkey and moreover people don’t celebrate this festival in India. I decided that I would be celebrating this festival on my blog, by being thankful. This is the least I can do, so here are 5 things/people I am thankful to-
1- I am thankful to my parents to give me education, values and love that have lasted me this far and the belief in them which would last me for my entire lifetime.
2- I am thankful to the girl who despite my flaws thought I was okay enough to spend rest of her life with me, for being the angel of my life and making me feel special in way I have never felt before.
3- I am thankful to my God for the character to accept the things I cannot change, strength to change the things which I can and wisdom to know the difference.
4- I am thankful for the age of technology I am living in, for vesting in me the power to speak my minds and blessing me with great people who I can share my minds with.
5- I am thankful for life and all the great pleasures I indulge in.

These are things I am thankful for, I know they are a bit gyaan and serious types but honestly speaking I mean it too. So are you thankful for something around you? Share it here…

19 comments on “Thanksgiving, I am Thankful for”

  1. Monika Reply

    yes I also love the spirit behind this festival and i have been thanking since 10 days on my FB status πŸ™‚

    happy thanksgiving may life always give u things to be thankful for

  2. Deeps Reply

    Smashing post! Loved it totally,Prats.

    I look at my daughter and realize how blessed I have been to be her mother. And that feeling makes me thankful to God for bringing her into my life. Yes,I’m thankful for this blessed life πŸ™‚

  3. Smita Reply

    Never knew much about this tradition but seriously wonderful concept it is. At least better than some of our festivals where we glorify unseen people and forget to thank whats actually there in our lives.

    BTW I wud be thanful for life πŸ™‚

    • Prats Reply

      @Smita: Even I came to know about it recently, you know we celebrate so many western days kind of festival. I think world would be a better place if we all celebrate Thanksgiving and do mean it.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Prats Reply

      @Naveen: Happy Thanksgiving, Navin. Welcome to Ginger & Cardamom, I agree to what you say about being grateful but I don’t think all the positive emotions like love, gratefulness are separate from each other. They all co-exist and together form a positive person. What say?

  4. indianhomemaker Reply

    It’s such a positive festival and this is an amazing, positive post. I am thankful for my family and friends and for my family’s good health, and my blog, and all my blogging friends. Thanks for making me think of all this Prats!! Loved this post!!

    • Prats Reply

      @IHM: Happy THanksgiving and I am so glad that I did post and found people like you who actually appreciate the positivity of the festival. I am going to celebrate this festival from here on every year πŸ™‚

  5. baruk Reply

    …i completely agree with the attitude of thankfulness, one i find i am often lacking. may we always be thankful, for all of what we have is a gift from the earth and its inhabitants!

    the *festival of thanksgiving, though, is loaded. many native americans are offended by its celebration, because they feel it marks the beginning of a genocide that has pretty much wiped out their people. the genocide of the native americans is comparable at least to that of the jews by the nazis, and similarly, there are symbols of that genocide that will never be totally clean from taint.

    there are, of course differing views on this, and i will refrain from handing out links here to avoid any form of bias.

    cheers!

    • Prats Reply

      @Baruk: I never knew about the genocide of the native Americans and the related facts. Thanks for making me aware. I will research it further, as I already said in the post, I became aware about the tradition through the sitcom and then read about it on wikipedia. Would research more to have a greater understanding of the things as you mentioned above, however request you to share some links which you think would help me understand the other side of this tradition.

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