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Giving Thanks and Gifts at Thanksgiving: A Tradition Worth Celebrating

Giving Thanks and Gifts at Thanksgiving: A Tradition Worth Celebrating

Nov 15, 2023

Scott Corwin

In the modern world, the end of the year often marks the season of gift-giving. Many associate it with holidays like Christmas and New Year's. While this tradition is undeniably heartwarming, there's another holiday that deserves more recognition for the expression of gratitude and gift-giving - Thanksgiving. Here's why it's not only appropriate but meaningful to give thanks and gifts at Thanksgiving, rather than at the end of the year. 

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1. Thanksgiving's True Essence:
Thanksgiving, with its roots traced back to the Pilgrims in 1621, is all about gratitude. It's a time for reflection, counting blessings, and appreciating the abundance in our lives. Unlike the hustle and bustle of the end-of-year holidays, Thanksgiving stands as a pure and unadulterated celebration of gratitude. 

2. Gratitude as a Lifestyle:
Thanksgiving encourages us to cultivate a mindset of gratitude as a year-round practice. The act of giving thanks and showing appreciation doesn't need to be confined to a single season; it's something we can carry with us every day. By emphasizing gratitude during Thanksgiving, we're reminded of its importance throughout the year. 

3. Reducing Commercialization:
The end-of-year holidays are often associated with extensive commercialization. While gift-giving at Christmas or New Year's is a beautiful tradition, it can sometimes be overshadowed by the consumerist frenzy. Thanksgiving offers a simpler and more genuine alternative, free from the end-of-the-year pressures or the flashy decorations. 

 4. Cultural Diversity:
Thanksgiving, as a holiday, transcends cultural and religious boundaries. While it has historical roots in the United States, expressions of gratitude and the act of coming together are universal concepts. This makes Thanksgiving a time when people from various backgrounds can join in the spirit of thankfulness. 

 5. Thanksgiving Gifts with Thought and Care:
Thanksgiving gifts are not about grandiose gestures or elaborate packages; they are about thought and care. The act of giving at Thanksgiving is often more personal, highlighting the simplicity and warmth of heartfelt gifts.  

While there is no wrong time to express gratitude and appreciation, Thanksgiving offers a unique opportunity to do so with authenticity and simplicity. It's a time to slow down, count our blessings, and share our appreciation with clients, co-workers, friends, and family. By embracing the tradition of giving thanks and gifts at Thanksgiving, we can honor the holiday's true essence and create a more meaningful and grateful world. After all, gratitude and the joy of giving are worth celebrating not just at the end of the year but every day of our lives. 

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