What Happened to Thanksgiving

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I know this is late but I have a question, what happened to Thanksgiving? I grew up with my Mom who taught us Happy Harvest, she would not honor a day that negatively impacted Native Americans. I recall at school all the arts and crafts, like the hand turkey. I can remember the stories we read about the Native Americans and Pilgrims. The commercials and all the Thanksgiving events.

Now it seems we go from Halloween straight to Christmas. The only mention of Thanksgiving is Black Friday. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy we are more honest about the ugly side of Thanksgiving, it’s nice not to have my friends look at me strangly when explaining Harvest versus Thanksgiving.

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But I have to admit, I love getting together with family, being able to decide to spend who to spend it with, either my father or mother (I lucked out having Sweet Pes on my Dad’s and Nrenda on my Mom’s), then adding my In Laws into the mix as an adult. I knew and know, that love will be surrounding me, a full stomach, and great laughs are just a bonus.

Now, Thanksgiving or Harvest are just gone. People line up to shop, have to work, or just don’t get together with family and friends. It’s the lost holiday. It’s lost in the shopping craze.

Even with its ugly history, Thanksgiving can be a positive day of gratitude, love, appreciation, trust, joy and lots of food!! In fact I am calling it Gratitude Day. It’s not for the false notion of Pilgrims and Native Americans having some meal, but for us reconnecting (there’s that word again) to our family, community, The World!

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I am grateful for the family I have, the great food my husband and mother in law made us (and Aunt Brenda hooking us up with pumpkin and sweet potato pies!). I am grateful for the laughs and meeting their cousin who is just reconnecting with his own family. I appreciate the story he shared in wanting to learn who he is and the journey he was on to do so. I am grateful for another year to spend with family!

I hope you all remember your gratitude and all your own blessings!

Oh and by the way, Happy Harvest!

Happy Gratitude Day!

Mercia Cummings

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