Sometimes Thanksgiving passes by without much notice. Thanksgiving as a holiday was almost abandoned around 1816. Sara Hale, who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” began an effort to bring the holiday back. She thought Americans were not paying enough attention in giving thanks to God. Agreeing, President Lincoln ordered that the nation celebrate two Thanksgivings each year. In 1941, Congress made the last Thursday in November the national Thanksgiving holiday.
At the same time, we realize that gratitude is a way of life. In the words of Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever said was thanks, that would suffice." This one day each year can help us to slow down, immersing ourselves in the importance of thanksgiving once again, so that we live it each day.
In this month of Thanksgiving here are some ways to help our young people celebrate Thanksgiving and develop a gratitude habit which can change their lives.
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