Thanksgiving is a reliable holiday. It always comes on the fourth Thursday of November without fail, bringing comfort and togetherness around the country. Many places in the world have holidays for giving thanks, but not many celebrate it the same as America. Thanksgiving hearkens back to the early days of English settlements in Massachusetts, and was likely very dissimilar from the holiday as we celebrate it now.
Football, turkey, and eating until we can’t eat anymore are hallmarks of this particular holiday. It’s also a time to remember the people in our lives we are truly thankful for, and to let bygones be bygones. It’s not about gifts or consumerism. All that is reserved for the frenzied day after, when Christmas shopping begins.
Until then, look over these quotes and remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving and what you are thankful for this year.
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sandford Martin
“He who thanks but with the lips,Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving, Comes from the heart.” – J.A. Shedd
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” – Irv Kupcinet
“There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” – O. Henry