The holiday of Thanksgiving originated in one of the first successful American colonies, all the way back in 1621. After an especially harsh winter, Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to tame this foreign soil. The harvest that autumn was bountiful, ensuring the survival of the townspeople over the winter months. In celebration of their successes, the Pilgrims and Native American shared a feast of thanksgiving.
Since then, Thanksgiving has been celebrated throughout the US. It became a national holiday in 1863.
Today, Thanksgiving means food, football, parades and crazy Black Friday shopping stampedes. It is easy to forget to actually be thankful with all the commotion of the day.
Here are 5 simple ways to add gratitude back into your Thanksgiving Holiday.
- To be thankful, you need to be tuned into the present to see the blessings around you. Try turning off your phone, computer and TV to see the many things to be thankful for right in front of you.
- Life Without
- You’ve probably heard the saying, “What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday?” Try to imagine just that: a world in which only the things you have been previously thankful for existed. Sobering view, right?
- Kiss the Cook
- In the hubbub of the holiday, it is important to give credit to the person who puts the big meal together. Thank the person that coordinated or cooked your Thanksgiving dinner. Bring a small gift to say “thank you”, like some hand soaps or a bottle of wine.
- Write It Down
- In a notebook or journal, write down at least 20 things that you are grateful for this year. From big things (like getting married this year) to small things (like the sweater on your back), record what makes you thankful this Thanksgiving.
- One way to see the blessings you have in your life is by giving to those less fortunate. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, serve thanksgiving meals to the needy or write letters to military men and women overseas. Find some Thanksgiving volunteering opportunities near you by clicking here!
I hope these ideas help you add a little more thanks to this year’s Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be grateful for.