It’s Thanksgiving across the pond – but then you all know that don’t you? I have been reading many and various things about this day on websites, blogs and on Facebook status thingys and they range from the very amusing (see Planet Harris) to the completely sanctimonious (there is a particular status that made me want to fetch a bucket). The question that this status asked was why we Brits don’t celebrate this holiday? Well to start with, it’s because we’re British duh, we can only manage turkey once in a month, the very idea of sweet potatoes with marshmallows and cinnamon makes us want to heave, and pumpkin pie and deep fried birds are wrong on so many levels. (Before anyone gets upset, I love Americans and one of my best friends is one!)
But I am being trite and what it was that really annoyed me about this status was that we should jump onto the American band wagon and give ourselves just the one day to thankful. Now, without making you all reach for the aforementioned bucket, surely this is something that should be, if not at the forefront of our minds, at least something that we are aware of on a daily basis. Ok, sometimes we need designated time to reflect but here’s the thing – my friends and family KNOW that I am thankful for their love, efforts and support. Why? Because I tell them! And not just one day a year but anytime the mood takes me. And as for whatever else there is to be thankful for, believe me I am – I have my health, have had some narrow escapes in more ways than I care to mention and am still more or less sane.
Thanksgiving (according to my American friend) is basically the same as Christmas is for us (without presents) – an opportunity to get together with friends and family to have fun, eat too much and probably fall out with each other by the end of an alcohol fuelled day. How many of us can honestly say that on Christmas Day we sit and reflect on the true meaning of the day? Not many I’m sure. So lets take the sanctimonious sentiments away – be thankful for what we’ve got everyday, show it in small ways often and keep paying it forward.
(I’m just getting down from my soapbox you’ll be delighted to hear)