Happy Thanksgiving!

28/11/2013 | 0

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations across the world. In North America, the Thanksgiving holiday has focused on an expression of gratitude since ancient times when the Native People of North America held festivals to give thanks for successful harvests and in the hope of a good season ahead. In modern times families continue to give thanks for their blessings, good fortunes and other glad tidings.

 

There are so many great festivities synonymous with Thanksgiving; a great big get-together with your family and friends including a turkey feast with all-the trimmings and enjoying delicious desserts with your nearest and dearest whilst gathered around the TV watching a big game or parade. It’s beginning to sound at lot like Christmas, hey? There are a lot of similarities! So, without suggesting that we full on celebrate this Stateside-holiday today, it’s the intention of thanksgiving that is really appealing and is pleasant to think about today.

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

Reflecting on the meaning of thanksgiving is a big part of the celebration. It’s a time when families and friends, who might be miles apart throughout the year, spend time together and consider how grateful they are to have each other in their lives.

 

The idea of a designated day for considering all of the joy and happiness we experience is surely a positive one and so without the need for another family-sized feast (a lot of us in the UK already have plenty coming up!) it is maybe a day just to spend some time reflecting on all the great things we enjoy (and sometimes take for granted) and for being hopeful and enthusiastic about our futures.

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

If you’re newly engaged, planning a wedding or have been married recently, you’ll know that a wedding (despite the sometimes fraught and stressful family moments!) achieves similar thankfulness. Having the man/woman of your dreams ask you to spend the rest of your life with them is a momentous and truly happy occasion and your wedding day is the most joyous time you will have probably experienced up to that point. A wedding also brings so much cheer to your close family and friends along with the pleasure that comes from having all of the special people in your lives gathered in one place for a celebration – it’s something everyone involved appreciates.

 

Looking back on your big day once the event is over, you feel such gratitude to your partner, your friends and your family who supported you and helped you achieve the day of your dreams and for having such a magical occasion and the time spent you got to spend with all of the special people in your lives.

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

I’m sure that we would all like to think that we are grateful every day for our good fortunes, loving families and friends but most of us are probably not! Busy, daily life sometimes means that time seems to pass in a blur and we forget and don’t take the time to express our thanks.

 

Writing a gratitude journal whereby you note down what you are grateful for at the end of each day, is a really great way to drive home to yourself all of the positives you have in your everyday life and to at least begin to appreciate the little things that we all tend to overlook.

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

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You Mean The World To Me

So why not take a Pret Christmas Lunch turkey sandwich on board when you pop out from work for your lunch today (followed by a mince pie of course!) to get in the festive spirit? But most of all spend some time with friends, family and loved ones and tell them how much you care and reflect on how blessed and fortunate you are and please also consider helping someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmastime – real gratitude in action!

 

Happy Thanksgiving and bring on the Christmas festivities!

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