Thanksgiving is the top-rated holiday for Americans
Hands down Thanksgiving is the best day of the year for the American family.
Why? Thanksgiving touches many of the things we love most. Thinks like; time off work, hanging out with family, watching endless football, and eating delicious food. These have to be in the top 5 greatest pleasures for Americans.
At our house, we value waking up together, sharing a late breakfast, tuning in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, and heading off to the in-laws for a turkey meal with all the trimmings.
Americans eat over 50 million turkeys at Thanksgiving!!!
The Harris Poll survey shows:
- 74% of the people surveyed say they want to have their Thanksgiving meal in a home, not in a restaurant.
- 14% of Americans admit to serving a store-bought pie and passing it off as homemade on Thanksgiving.
- 30% of Americans will include a dish from another culture, including things like kimchi, enchiladas or ceviche.
- 73% of people say having leftovers is the best part of hosting Thanksgiving dinner.
- 46% of people who purchased pies for Thanksgiving bought a pumpkin pie.
The Harris Poll survey also found that 77% of people love saving holiday meal leftovers. 18%. of Baby Boomers and 32% of Millennials say they do not store the leftovers. Every generation has Thanksgiving preferences.
But the greatest part of Thanksgiving is; It reminds us to give thanks to a God who gives us awesome things to thank Him for. As we reflect on the joy of Thanksgiving, we should practice “giving thanks” more often.
The Scriptures encourage us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NKJV).
We can choose gratitude
We can be grateful to God for the good things in our lives. This verse says it best …”This is the day that the Lᴏʀᴅ has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
We can “give thanks for everything to God the Father” (Ephesians 5:20 NLT) We can discover the casue of giving thanks. There is always something to give thanks for.
We can “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) To “give thanks for everything to God the Father” means to thank him for the good that we experience and for the many time God turned all our difficult seasons around.
Notice the scripture says to be grateful “in” all circumstances, not “for” all circumstances. That’s another level.
If the weather is conducive, outdoor family games are on the agenda. Corn Toss is the most recent go-to. Another favorite game for us is Koob. Koob is an awesome active yard game that also provides some medium-level physical activity and will take off some of this Thanksgiving calories.
We follow the yard game with dominoes. We should call it Family Feud.
The competition begins mild and intensifies as the game continues.
The slurs and insults increase as the day turns to night. It’s just as entertaining to watch the domino game as it is to play.
The real purpose is to give thanks. Giving thanks is healthy to the soul.
Researchers asked participants to smile while thinking of something specific they’re grateful for. They found that this consistently stimulated mental activity associated with positive feelings and emotions.
Giving thanks is just good for you, all the way around
The true secret to being grateful is no secret at all.
As we practice “giving thanks” every day, maybe we call it “Thanks-Living” rather than Thanksgiving!
I think that’s a great idea.
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