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Why is it Important to Give Thanks?

Why is it Important to Give Thanks?

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            The time has come to fill our bellies with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  It is Thanksgiving!  That, however, is what comes to mind when people mention the fourth Thursday of November.  It is only one of the many American holidays whose original purpose has slowly been forgotten.  Who remembers a time that the Fourth of July wasn’t about fireworks, Christmas wasn’t about presents and Santa Claus and Halloween didn’t involve un-costumed children and mischief fun.  Why is it important to still discuss the importance of giving thanks?  Why should we bestow on our children the original purpose of holidays?

            There are always great reasons and historical facts to why we celebrate certain holidays.  It is important for children to know history and where things originally came from, especially when they have a moral background, like simply being thankful for what you have and for your loved ones.  It is important for children to understand that you don’t just say thank you to one another because Aunt Mary said to.  That saying ‘thank you’ is a gracious way to repay kindness with kindness.  More importantly, it makes others feel appreciated and shows that you are respectful.  It is the little things that count and it is the little things that the American society as a whole, have seemed to have forgotten.  The little acts of kindness, thankfulness and gratitude become more natural the more you practice.  It is also proven that ‘to give thanks’ makes you feel happier, healthier and all together a more positive person.  We need to be thankful for the things we have and for the people we have in our lives.  One of the best ways to teach our children  how to build strong relationships with people is to be respectful and always show gratitude.  A simple thank you and hug goes a long way.

            So just remember, before you take a bite out of your yummy Thanksgiving dinner, sit back, take a moment and give thanks!

 Source by: Matthew Baldwin

Written by: Kim Hensinger