“Oh, Life is good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need: the sun and the rain and the apple seed. Oh, Life is good to me.”
(Johnny Appleseed Blessing)
Today’s Thanksgiving painting is “Apple Picking” by Pissarro. My red door is only a few miles away from some wonderful apple orchards which yearly produce crisp, juicy fruit. Some of the orchardists do apple and cider tasting and one winery in the area produces a delightful apple chardonnay.
Thanks for the harvest is one of the historical bases of the concept of thanksgiving. Smithsonian has a short article which explains the idea of thanksgiving and is worth a look.
Being grateful is closely tied to the concept of thanksgiving. Trying to articulate either is impossible. I express myself best through music which is why my first three “Saving Thanksgiving” focused on that subject. On November 1, some friends of mine have their children decorate a shoe box with turkeys, pilgrims, cornucopias, etc. They cut a slot in the top and all month family members put in slips of paper stating things and people for which they are thankful. They read the slips as their Thanksgiving meal’s grace. Sort of a Thanksgiving advent calendar. There are many other ways we can demonstrate our gratitude. A good place to start is gratefulness.org. This amazing site is full of readings and ideas for you and your family to explore. I especially liked the section of readings on gratefulness and have been sharing them with friends.