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For Mother Combs' unofficial Thanksgiving challenge. AS WE CELEBRATE, A WISH FOR THE EARTH.

By Novel AllenPublished 3 months ago β€’ Updated 3 months ago β€’ 3 min read
Top Story - November 2023
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The origin of Thanksgiving as a national holiday is celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Liberia, and unofficially in countries like Brazil and the Philippines. It is also observed in the Dutch town of Leiden and the Australian territory of Norfolk Island. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year (similarly named harvest festival holidays occur throughout the world during autumn, including in Germany and Japan). Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

Yet, what is Thanksgiving really all about for the majority of us. As we sit with our families and friends to celebrate and give thanks, we lift our glasses to the Creator and the many blessings, great and small, which we have welcomed into our lives. We remember to send a prayer to the universe for the blessings on all of our Father's children, wherever in the world they may be.

In the military, many of the troops are unable to go home to their families sometimes. So families who are near are encouraged to invite one, or a couple of the serving soldiers to partake of thanksgiving with their family.

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A few Thanksgivings ago, I was at a military base which was close to the Canadian border. The weather was below freezing. Yet the military police on duty at gates and other outside posts, are bound by duty to stand in the freezing cold to check ID's and make sure that everything is in legal order as the world around them freezes. So too are uniformed troops, policemen and other civilian workers who do their jobs out in dire conditions while we sit comfortable and warm in our homes.

I always make a little gift for the ones that check my ID as I pass them by, just a token of appreciation for their service. Even a helping hand to one person counts as a personal blessing. Some of them are so young it pulls at your heartstring.

We must remember to give thanks for everyone, for their sacrifice year after year so that we can all be safe and protected. We must give thanks for the troops serving in dangerous places, for contractors and civilians alike, for the many veterans, some of whom have difficulty in adjusting after serving their country.

We give thanks for teachers, hospital staff, work staff everywhere, we give thanks for those who are not mentioned here, we are indeed giving thanks for everyone, everywhere.

In other parts of the world soup kitchens are opened and volunteers open their hearts to the homeless, needy and lost, welcoming them to a hot meal, and maybe a place to rest for the night if they have nowhere to go.

We give thanks for the churches, missions, food trucks, private homes and community centers who open their doors to everyone during the holiday season, always open to lend a hand to those who need it.

There is a rich and diverse history to the different places which observe a Thanksgiving every year. But for whatever reasons we give thanks, we all do it as one family united under the heavens, giving thanks for life and the ability to celebrate the coming of a brand-new year!




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  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    I missed this one! Congrats on your top story Novlet. That is great. I came here via M Comb’s challenge. Congrats on placing in the shortlist! Have a swell night..probably morning! πŸ˜‰

  • I love this. Happy Thanksgiving! One thing I observed in my years in the Army is that family is whoever you are spending the day with. Great stuff as always, Novel!

  • Rana Shafiq3 months ago

    Althought I'm reading this after Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for the very important reminder. I hope you hade a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Althought I'm reading this after Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for the very important reminder. I hope you hade a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

  • J. S. Wade3 months ago

    Happy Thanksgiving Novel! Your story speaks a humble truth that easily eludes us day for day. Congratulations on your deserved recognition for writing such a fine piece! πŸ€©πŸ…

  • Gerald Holmes3 months ago

    Perfectly said, Novel. I believe that kindness is the most attractive feature in any human. I can tell by your words that you are that kind of person. Congrats on Top Story

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Fabulous work! Keep it upβ€”congratulations!

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    Happy Thanksgiving, Novel! Gratitude never goes out of style,πŸ™

  • Waseem Chem3 months ago

    so very nice

  • Rana Shafiq3 months ago

    Perfect timing for such a well-rounded article. Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving as well. Thanks for expressing gratitude and highlighting the often overlooked little/big things. πŸŒΈπŸ’–

  • JBaz3 months ago

    What a great article that included everyone and gave us a history lesson. Congratulations

  • Real Poetic3 months ago

    Congratulations Novel!! πŸŽŠπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Great timing for a well-rounded article like this. Happy thanksgiving to you too. And thank you for thanking everyone and for pointing out the little/big things we forget to show appreciation to. πŸ’πŸ’–

  • DEUXQANE3 months ago

    I'll take credit for the "hospital staff" thanks as a mental healthcare worker! And thanks for writing this. Congrats on the Top Story landing!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Beautiful!!! Love this!!!β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’• Happy Thanksgiving!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Moharif Yulianto3 months ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    Beautiful work! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Sid Aaron Hirji3 months ago

    well done. psst just saw movie Thanksgiving-hilarious dumb slasher movie

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    I love this heartfelt sentiment behind this piece! Really set my soul at peace and gave me a moment of self reflection, something I didn't know I needed today but am grateful to you for it! πŸ’š Congrats on Top Story Novel!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is so beautifully written. Congrats on the TS.

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    Congrats on the Top Story! πŸ₯° read this earlier and forgot to comment, came back and it was front page!

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    I was a wonderful story, thank you for sharing and giving us a different perspective on Thanksgiving !

  • Amazing job Novel. Thank you for writing this. Thank you for giving us the perspective we need for this holiday

  • Phil Flannery3 months ago

    That is a lovely explanation of the holiday and its origins and some of the ways it can be kept. I was going to mention that Australia doesn't celebrate it, but now I know Norfolk Island does. Thanks for the info. Great story. You write sitcoms?

  • Awww, you made little gifts for them! That's soooo sweet! Such a heartwarming story!

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