Today we recognize the abundance afforded us. Of course, many of us have still not recovered from the Great Recession (yeah, like the whole Middle Class). But, being the optimistic people we are, we are still bound and determined to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us are also bound and determined to wait on line for interminable duration just to score that one sale item.
Thanksgiving is analogous to the holiday of Sukot, which was closer in time to the secular Thanksgiving, before the date was moved. (The holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, which is mighty close to the actual date of Sukot.)
In America, we think it derives from the celebration some 400 years ago in Plymouth (1621). Of course, it had been celebrated in England before that date- so it’s not surprising that the transplanted Englanders would continue the tradition, when they came to North America.Of course, most of us have nothing to do with farming or harvest, but we celebrate nevertheless. We continue (???) that tradition by devouring a turkey, replete with cranberry sauce. And, in many households, pigging out on TV football events. To be followed by the rush and crush to spend one’s hard earned money on Friday- Black Friday- the first official day of Christmas Excess…I am thrilled my family doesn’t so participate. But, whatever your tradition, I wish you a grand holiday. And, hope that you do reflect on all those great things in your life for which we should be thankful… each and every day of our lives.