As a non-American its a holiday that I've only really come to understand in the past few years through following US based blogs. Though I get the history, being European (or perhaps just being a bit ignorant) my only other exposure has been through tv shows and films portraying a sort of havest-festival-come-Christmas-lite. Which, now I think of it, is nice enough in itself (if a little odd).
I think I get it a bit more now, though, and I love the idea of a festival that is not about gifts, but rather getting together with the ones you love best, sharing good food and taking a moment to count your blessings.
Plus, pumpkin pie = yummy.
I think I may institute a family thanksgiving tradition next year, when Titch is a little older. It seems a useful pause for thought in the run up to the Festival of Stuff that Christmas all-too-often becomes.
In the meantime I'm taking a moment today to think about all the things I'm thankful for:
First, last and always - the wonderful, amazing, miraculous statistical anomaly that is my son; and of course his brilliant, funny, handsome and very loving Daddy.
Also: my lovely family, warm home, full tummy, good health, great friends, active mind, lovely colleagues, fabulous neighbourhood...
I'm thankful to be such a lucky girl.