Actually we have somewhat of a Thanksgiving dinner every Saturday evening as we being our "Sabbath." We have been going around the table giving thanks for certain blessings throughout the previous week.
But since we have our son and his girlfriend home for their college's fall break, and she's Canadian, and Canada's Thanksgiving Day is this next week, we have a great excuse to celebrate early and then celebrate again in November.
So out came the new, soon-to-be-heirloom needle felted pilgrim couple with baby to grace the center of our dinner table. My young, gifted artist friend, Olivia, made this and I am so excited about it.
Helping us to count those blessing are our special "1000 Gift" notebooks wherein we've been keeping lists of our many blessings, cultivating the attitude of gratitude. If you haven't read Ann Voskamp's book, 1000 Gifts, you must. It's life changing.
And out came the old pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.
Giving thanks to our loving God should be part of who we are as Christians. We have a special day every year in which to do that (in our case, we have two such days this year). We also have the table of the eucharist, which means the table of thanksgiving, which we happily enjoy every Sunday. We have times throughout our days, primarily as we sit at our meal tables, to give thanks. And our every breath should be a thanksgiving to the God who loves us so much and showers us with so many undeserved blessings. That would do away with so much complaining and self-pity.