“For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful, Amen.”
The Canadian Thanksgiving day (a single one day holiday) took place in October, so today Gerry links our prompt to the American Thanksgiving that takes place tomorrow.
We English began the American tradition of Harvest Thanksgiving when Fifty three English Pilgrims gave thanks to God for their plentiful first harvest and shared their good fortune with ninety Native Americans.
Harvest Thanksgiving was nothing new to the Pilgrims nor to others in the world, many nations gave and still give thanks when all was and is safely gathered in. Even Pagan communities celebrated the harvest.
Have you ever wondered what those early Pilgrim settlers would think if they could see how the celebration has evolved? I’m sure they would rejoice in the knowledge that four hundred years later, their descendants plus many other new ‘Americans’ continue to come together to break bread, cook turkey, and thank their blessings.
BUT, what about the day after, the frantic, nationwide rush to grab a bargain at the start of a month-long shopping spree, what would they think of that? After all, although not Puritans, they were simple Pilgrims!
We don’t have Thanksgiving in my country, instead we have Harvest Festivals that are held in schools and churches throughout Britain, and are most commonly held during the first two weeks of October; however, there are no set dates, schools and churches choose which day to celebrate. We do not celebrate in our homes, and it’s not a national holiday, though many church-goers come together to take part in the Church’s Harvest Supper.
We don’t wish each other a Happy Harvest, in fact, we don’t do the American Happy thing at all – we don’t say Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday etc. We wish each other Happy or Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Easter and that’s it.
We are very staid over here; we don’t send each other HUGS either, it’s just not done (perhaps you’ve noticed). I accept the virtual hugs with thanks, but I don’t reciprocate because it’s not the English way! 💕💕
A few short years ago, Black Friday found its way over to Britain and two years ago, just like plenty of others I took advantage of the reduced prices. It was my very first Black Friday, and I chose to upgrade to newer models of my iPad, iPhone and Dashcam.
Unfortunately, at the end of my shopping spree I endured over two hours of queuing in traffic, and that was just the car park (parking lot). I was thankful for my discounts, but I doubt I will do it again.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 – Word Prompt Gratitude from Weekly Prompts.
Picture Credit: Google Images, The Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving by Anne McGovern, illustrated by Elroy Freem.