What are You Grateful For In Life? 

Thankfulness comes in many variations in your lifetime. Maybe you’ve learned to play the glad game with Pollyanna and are grateful for the Sundays in your life, the birds, prisms, or a politician! Pollyanna is a 1913 novel by American author Eleanor H. Porter, considered a classic. Her father taught her to look for the good things in life, and in this case, she made up the glad game when everyone was grumpy. The point is, being pleased or happy creates gratefulness within ourselves.

Let’s look at the meaning of Thanksgiving and see why it spurs us on to be thankful. Thanksgiving is a federal holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It all began as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. It did not become a regular holiday until 1863 when it was declared by Abraham Lincoln to be the last Thursday in November.

It’s said that many celebrators for having a day off work and no presents, just a belt-breaking feast with family and friends followed by a nap!

But, because I live in England, are you wondering if the United Kingdom celebrates Thanksgiving? Well, here is a headline from The Guardian: Thanksgiving or Britsgiving? ‘One in six Britons’ to celebrate the US holiday. Sales of turkeys are up in Waitrose  and Ocado as the British latch on to the American holiday in a big way, supermarket claims.

This turkey would prefer to serve versus being served!

That answer is yes! Reports have it that over 200,000 Americans live in England.

There is also a report that the sales of turkeys are up 95% on five years ago at Waitrose, and 135% year-on-year from Ocado. #Happythanksgiving is currently trending on Twitter across the UK. Source:

The same report states that while Thanksgiving is celebrated from coast to coast in the United States, with a menu of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and salad, it is also celebrated from Coventry to Neasden, too. They also as we serve up pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert! It is the UK’s newest and completely unofficial holiday. When you think about it, it does make perfect sense that the Brits celebrate such a feast. It helps that the menu is so enticing. Still, another reason according to the census data, it’s due to the many Britons have American partners or family or simply Brits who have become inspired after vacationing in the United States, and been inspired to recreate the delicious meal. It is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. Brittanica. Thank you, my friends, for the tasty tradition!

Thanksgiving is a national holiday, also celebrated in Canada. While the American holiday is rich in legend and a grand feast, it’s based on the colonial period. Canada, though also observed because of the colonial days, is in gratitude for safe journeys, peace, and bountiful harvests. However, the dates vary. It originally was celebrated on November 6th, but beginning in 1957, Thanksgiving Day has been observed in Canada on the second Monday in October.

What are you thankful for in your life? If you think about it, you will find hundreds of things to be grateful for in your life. Look at your family. Your home, your job, and the fact you have food on your table. I want to share with you the reasons I find to be thankful. I find that giving makes me happy too. What does giving thanks mean to you ?

My Own Reasons For Giving Thanks

  • Every morning when I awake, I give thanks  that I am still alive and that I am  still standing 6 feet above the the ground rather than lying 6 feet below.
  • I am able to enjoy a good healthy meal instead of dying of starvation.
  • I have a very comfortable bed which enables me to sleep well and to restore my energy for the coming day.
  • I can keep warm in my home and not succumb to hypothermia.
  • I have the care and support from my wonderful son Simon who is not just my son but my best friend and who prevents me from being lonely.
  • I have good friends and other family members who I am sure would help me in time of need.
  • I live in a modern age where  technology is continually improving and making life easier to live and keep in touch with people throughout the world.
  • I am able to indulge in my favorite activities such as chess which keeps the mind sharp and walking which helps me to be physically fit.
  • Lastly I have happy memories of my late wife Irene who was the love of my life and companion for 37 years.
  • I appreciate that there are others who have not been as fortunate as myself and give thanks that I have been so lucky in life.

It’s that time again to say good-bye, but before I depart, here are a few Thanksgiving fun facts I found when researching Thanksgiving!


  • Did you know that the eagle was not the favorite bird for the national bird and that Benjamin Franklin wanted to be the turkey?
  • Forty-six million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving by the American population.
  • Turkey was the meal of choice for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon. It was in a foil packet filled with roasted turkey.
  • Can you imagine Thanksgiving dinner without turkey? The first years’ celebration was not with turkey. According to one of the two surviving accounts of the meal, the Native American tribe, the Wampanoag, hunted five deer for the meal. 
  • Many of you may know that it was John F. Kennedy in 1963, who was the first president to pardon the turkey, just four days from its scheduled assassination! It had been customary to present the sitting US President every year since Harry Truman in 1947. It was President George H.W. Bush, who began the annual tradition in 1989.

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