Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated yearly on the fourth Thursday of each November. I didn’t know that George Washington issued a proclamation after a request from Congress to recognize the holiday in 1789 but it wasn’t officially declared a holiday until 1863 by Abraham Lincoln.
What is Thanksgiving?
In the US, while it started as a harvest festival, the underlying purpose of taking time to sit back, look over the progress of the year beforehand, acknowledge and appreciate those who made it possible and take a breath, together, has always been present.
For me, Thanksgiving is about family, about being together, whether or not there is any blood relation. I’ve heard a few times that people without large extended families or when family is not close, will invite friends over for a Friendsgiving. I like that concept.
Sometimes it is hard to think about something to be thankful for when so much is dark about the world and my diagnosis, but there is legitimately always something to be thankful for and I know from experience that cultivating an attitude of thankfulness is important for many reasons.