There are a few holidays that we celebrate in the US that don’t resonate with me. Columbus Day, commercialized Christmas, & Thanksgiving. “Thanks Giving” is a great concept; however, our version of it is a bit Euro-centric, to say the least.
I recently discovered a book titled 1621 Thanksgiving: A New Look, published by the National Geographic Society. It caught my eye because it’s so different from the Thanksgiving books I was exposed to as a child. Instead of a group of Pilgrims dominating the cover, this book has a beautiful photo of a Native American woman on the front. It was written by the Plimoth Plantation (that’s how it’s spelled in the book) in collaboration with the Wampanoag Indian Program Advisory Committee. Wow!!! A book about Thanksgiving that Native American people co-wrote. I eagerly devoured the story, confirming that it isn’t the pilgrim-version of Thanksgiving that I want to celebrate… it’s the Wampanoag-version of “Thanks Giving” that speaks to my spirit. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday; it’s a way of living in gratitude all year long.
I don’t need to wait until the 4th Thursday in November to express gratitude for all those I love dearly, my health, my cozy home, my backyard retreat that nourishes both people & native wildlife, art, Mother Nature, & countless other things that mean so much. My Thanks Giving ritual will occur far more often.
May you have a happy Thanksgiving & many reasons to give thanks every day of the year!