seasonal

Thanksgiving is Here… er, was here

Ever see a post published after the event date? I’ve done that a number of times… to the point where it’s not entirely unusual for me. I don’t recall having done it specifically on this blog, but I probably have.

In any case, I had a Thanksgiving post written that I wanted to share, but I was too busy enjoying my Thanksgiving to post it. Hahaha! That said, it’s not bad to reflect on the season and remember it for next year. Besides, I wanted to give you my audience some seasons blessings.

The Food

The turkey is getting fat. Pretty soon, that bird will unknowingly participate in one of the great American celebrations. What we will be celebrating has a deeper meaning than merely the establishment of the future conquest of Europe over the Americas. What we are actually celebrating is the survival of the Pilgrims. That’s correct: We are celebrating LIFE. The story goes that the poor pilgrims needed help, and the indians (the only native Americans at the time) came and helped. They helped them hunt, forage, and survive. They provided them with basic necessities for life: not the fish, but how to fish! For their kindness, may God remember them and bless them.

The celebration of Thanksgiving is one of life. It’s interesting then how all of the things on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner table are all made of once-living things: turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, squash, sweet potatoes, and lots of other things. Food in general is made of living things, but these days, it is slowly becoming more artificial. It’s the Thanksgiving dinner table that – for many people – is where the natural fruits, vegetables, and certain specimens of domesticated species are presented and consumed in their humble glory.

I pray for those who won’t have food this Thanksgiving. It’s difficult to be poor and homeless. For years, the town where I live used to have a Thanksgiving dinner for the poor. It was run by the local churches. It was always amazing how many people showed up, but they are there. At least it gave them something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Please remember the poor this Thanksgiving!

The Imagery

The autumn season wouldn’t be the same without some kind of decoration. People like decorations, even introverted, quirky people. People need outward signs of things. Colors on trees are splendid, and when you can’t have them, you should do something indoors. Red, yellow, orange, and a touch of brown here and there are the representative colors of the season. Pine-cones, maple leaves, and acorns are pleasant symbols. Potpourri is nice, as our the cinnamon bundles they sell at the grocery store now. (Sadly, those are the only reminders of the fall in the story since it seems even the grocery store has sadly – and for some bizarre reason I’m not aware of – decided to emphasize x-mas instead. A grocery store should emphasize Thanksgiving. After all, it entails food, right? I should protest. But enough rambling. I’m thankful I have a grocery store since I don’t want to be a farmer.)

Certain creatures actions represent the fall depending on where you are: In the mid-west, it may be squirrels and chipmunks burying nuts. In central southern and south eastern states, it’s the migrating of Monarch butterflies.

The Music

I don’t know about you, but piano music has always been my favorite around this time of year. Jazz, piano, something relaxing and soft, signifying family and the gradual ending of a long year. Vince Guaraldi comes to mind. The song “Linus and Lucy” has “forever” been associated in mind with the fall since I used to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. That’s a classic story in many ways.

Some other songs come to mind, some of which aren’t exactly thanksgiving-sounding.

Things to be Thankful For

Life, freedom, and a general sense of peace are all things to be thankful for. Thankfully, there is no war in this country. We aren’t on the run like people in Syria. Thankfully, we have clothes, food, shelter, and even more. Those of you reading this probably have at least a microwave, maybe a fridge, and some kind of bed. Above all, you have a place to stay.

Thankfully, we live in a country where the air is not only breathable but clean. Thankfully, we live in a country where our opinions can be shared, where both friends and occupations can be chosen, not forced upon us.

Thankfully we live in a place where we can all learn about each other and our differences and, hopefully, grow in understanding of each other.

Thankfully, we live in a country where food is plentiful and widely available.

Thank God for his many blessings.

Final Blessings

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving this year! I myself will probably be too busy on the actual day to remember to write something, and I hope you’ll be enjoying that day too much to feel any interest in reading anything I had to say on that day anyways.

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