What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Do you picture a time of thankfulness toward God—or is it merely one of eating, partying or watching football?
Sadly, the latter is what Thanksgiving has become to most. They have forgotten why the day was established. Its meaning has slowly deteriorated.
In the late 1700s, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congresses suggested the yearly observance of a day of national thanksgiving, in hopes to unite factious states.Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26, 2015. Thanksgiving in New York City is tough, pilgrims. It’s even tougher when you’re ill-prepared. If you’re staying in New York, there are plenty of ways to celebrate not being stuck in traffic or sitting on a runway. Gather some friends for dinner with a variety of Thanksgiving pies, make a reservation at restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner or head to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With everyone visiting relatives or in a tryptophan coma, the city is yours to enjoy.
A lady shopping at the food market, Mackenzie Smith, said, “ During Thanksgiving Day, I invite my friends from work and prepare a dinner which consists of: roast turkey, oyster stew, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, dressing, creamed asparagus tips, snowflake potatoes, baked carrots, hot rolls, fruit salad, pumpkin pie, and fruit cake.”
Junior Trisha Persaud said, “My family and I go every year to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is so fun for friends and families. Younger kids enjoy the characters of the floats such as nickelodeon and cartoon network characters.”
However, the act of thanksgiving toward God should be done everywhere —everyday—by everyone! It is not just an American holiday; neither should it be limited to one day a year.As Thanksgiving Day approaches, ponder and consider the many wonderful blessings you enjoy. Be grateful for these wonderful benefits. If you haven’t done anything special for Thanksgiving in the past few years, you should definitely prepare for this year’s Thanksgiving.