Discussing the Meaning of Thanksgiving - Why Celebrate This Festival?
Do you wish to learn about the meaning of Thanksgiving?
There are so many ideas as to how the first Thanksgiving came about, who started the tradition, and what the actual meaning is. A lot will depend on what country or nationality you are searching for as to what their take on Thanksgiving is.
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In Canada, Thanksgiving meanings and celebrations are recorded as early as 1578, while in America, Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1607. Each country as well as each individual family will have their own ideas on what the meaning of Thanksgiving is to them.
Here, we will take a look at a few ideas for such meanings of the celebration.
Teaching the meaning of Thanksgiving can be an important tradition to pass on to our children. Explaining the ancient roots of the Thanksgiving celebrations is a good place to start. The ancient Greeks, Chinese, Hebrews, and Romans gave thanks to their gods at the end of successful harvests. Many of the Thanksgiving traditions today have their roots in those earliest celebrations.
Having your children help in the preparations for Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to discuss the changes in the celebration as well as the different meanings for different cultures.
Regardless of the differences, it is generally accepted that the true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks. Thanks can be for your family's wellbeing, peace in the world, having food on the table, or a roof over your head. Thanks can be for anything. Thanks can be to whatever deity you choose, or no deity at all. There is always something to give thanks for in life.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, and may the spirit of thanksgiving be an integral part of our every day lives.
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