The Most Civilized Holiday…

Alex Massie reflecting on our American Thanksgiving. I completely agree with the sentiment that this is what a holiday should be.

Most of all, however, July 4th celebrates abstract ideas and impersonal institutions. These have their place and their value, but Thanksgiving is a more intimate, personal affair, inviting us to focus on the connections and relationships that really matter, that really make a difference in our lives. In that sense too, it is a day for reflection, not action, and all the better for it.

The whole article is definitely worth a read. I can fully appreciate the sentiment of being a foreigner on Thanksgiving. I spent a Thanksgiving in Reading, England during college. Somehow, I and my fellow compatriots managed a small, not very well constructed feast. Each one of us hailed from a different part of the US, yet we were all together and quite thankful for it. I’m sure some Brits were along with us, and during these holidays, the world follows the proper sentiment of ‘the more, the merrier’.

I have so much to be thankful for that it defies numeration. One can see in the video below that I have even more to be thankful for now. My wife, my children, my home, my job, shoes on my feet, my talents, my skills, my fingers, my toes, music in all its forms. The very air filling my lungs.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Just eat, drink, and be grateful; that’s all there is to it.