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Two Views: Thanksgiving should be celebrated

During the later months of the year, people look forward to Christmas.  However, we don’t spend much time thinking about Thanksgiving, but this holiday is important and should be celebrated.

Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and sharing what they are thankful for with food and fellowship.  Thanksgiving can be stressful due to preparing a large meal for the family and avoiding hot-button topics, but this holiday is so much more.

The Plymouth colonists started the Thanksgiving as a harvest feast of peace between themselves and the Native Americans.  It was not until 1863 that President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday dedicated to the widows and orphans who lost their husbands and fathers during the Civil War.

During Thanksgiving, families prepare meals and invite members who are near and far. This holiday is sometimes the only time a family member is seen, so Thanksgiving can also be considered a family reunion. 

Family gatherings can also include traditions like making the dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pie, bringing a turkey, watching the Macy’s Day parade together as a family and playing football in the backyard.

Thanksgiving can also be a celebration for the loved ones who have passed away.  Instead of being sad over the empty chairs that held a family member, speaking of the beautiful memories shared is important.

At the end of the day, before each family member leaves, the most important part is to mention what each person is thankful for. For example, a person can mention they are grateful for their family, friends, food or shelter.

Thanksgiving is not just about preparing food, seeing family, and watching the Macy’s Day Parade. It is about reflecting on blessings and why people should be thankful.  Thanksgiving should not be only once a year. It is essential to count blessings and spend time with family every day.

by Mikayla Rainey

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