Being thankful for Thanksgiving

What a blessing it is to live in this country. Photo: Thanksgiving feast/ AP

MISSOURI, November 25, 2013 — Prior to the Thanksgiving celebrations here in America, the Western Europeans celebrated “Harvest Home Festivals” for the successful completion of “bringing in the crops.”

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in America by the pilgrims-early English settlers and the Native Americans in Colonial New England in the early 17th century.

What a blessing to live in a country that we have established one day out of the year to give thanks.

When you say the word “Thanksgiving” many images come to mind.  Sometimes it is cold outside, and the entire family in the house talking, getting the meal ready, football on television; the windows frosted due to the warmth in the house and cold outside, the Thanksgivings with the children playing in the snow, and love in the air. Its family and friends, which life is all about.

 Finally, the main event- mealtime. Someone says the prayer and now it is time to “chow down.” What a meal everything imaginable is therefore, one to satisfy their “taste buds.” buds”. Talking is prevalent, clinking of dishes and utensils, and the eating continues regardless of diet plans and sometimes other controlling factors. The main course is done and now time for desert. Pies, fruit, ice cream and the list goes on and on.

Now the official mealtime is done, and the focuses are on football, and sit down conversations throughout the house from the kitchen to the dining room to the large room. This is family and friend’s quality time. You see periodic visits to the kitchen to get a piece of turkey or desert as we just can’t get enough of that delicious meal.

Now it is time to go our various ways, and the host is packing some food for the departing guest, as there has been an abundance of food. The day is done and another wonderful Thanksgiving Day has passed into the family’s book of memories.  

Thanksgiving is truly a celebration of domestic life centered on the home and the family. This truly is a day to take a moment and thank God that we live in this country of freedoms and blessings. 

 However, that’s from a place and time I am from-



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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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