Thanksgiving, a Truly American Holiday

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, November 21, 2011


Again, in 2011, the Thanksgiving holiday has come upon us quickly. The Christmas tree lot lights are set up and snow and ice greet us on our morning commutes.

A truly American holiday, Thanksgiving is a national day for us to express our gratitude for all the freedoms with which we have been gifted.  This is a time to reflect on the many liberties we often take for granted.

Thank You to our service men and women who make our republic safe.  Thank You to our forefathers with the vision to create a Constitution protecting our freedoms.  Every person has the right to do what they wish with their life.  Work hard and get ahead.  Thank You for the Declaration of Independence which says all men are created equal, with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Thank You.

Our country is a religious country with freedom for everyone to practice whatever religion they wish.  And appreciative Americans pray often the shortest prayer on earth:  Thank You.  But, Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday.  Americans are naturally thankful.  Religious or not, Americans realize how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful country, rich in natural resources, with religious and civil freedoms for all.  Thank You is a tremendously American expression.

And if there be anyone who wishes to know how to have a Happy Thanksgiving, merely analyze the expression.  It is by giving thanks that we make ourselves and others happy.  There are plenty of people that have less than “we,” no matter who “we” are.  Therefore, to have a truly Happy Thanksgiving, simply give thanks by doing something for someone who has less than “we” do.  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least brothers of mine you did for me.”  Find someone who needs anything and be the provider of that need.  Such giving can be anonymous, which can be most rewarding.  Give thanks often.

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James G. Hood, DDS, MA

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