Let’s talk about Thanksgiving. We will celebrate this day on Thursday, Nov. 22. It’s very different for me this year than it has been in the past. When I was a kid from an Italian /Irish Family from New Jersey, it was all about the food. My mother cooked for a week. We had to make sure we followed the family recipes to a tee. I’ve got to tell you, Italian families don’t eat Jell-O molds and string bean casseroles; rather stuffed artichokes, homemade ravioli, antipasto, and homemade Italian Pastries. Oh yes, we also had the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. You just ate all day and did the dishes, while the guys watched football. It was pretty much all about the food. Once I suggested changing to a lighter menu, but that didn’t go over too well, so I never mentioned it again. Oops, did I mention, we did say “Grace.”
I know we think the Pilgrims started the whole thing and yes it was about food. But it was about being thankful for even having food. The cornucopia borrowed from a pagan holiday was a symbol of abundance of food and prosperity. Actually, it was the Native Americans who helped the New Englanders to even have food to be thankful for. The Natives celebrated it long before the Pilgrims. The Iroquois celebrated the harvest for four days and nights. They were not only grateful for what they had, but thanked the universe for the next year’s harvest. So, sharing with people who have less than you is an important part of this holiday and there are many people who spend their entire holiday cooking and serving the homeless and less fortunate.
In 1939, the actual date of Thanksgiving was changed. FDR supposedly changed it to have more shopping days till Christmas. Now we don’t even wait till Thanksgiving; we start decorating the stores at Halloween. We’ve lumped it all together. It is now the biggest commercial push for merchandising. The Christmas Day parade is on Thanksgiving. Why? Macy’s might be succumbing to that very same essence of commercialism.
Families, who once lived in the same neighborhoods, are now spread all over the globe. So for me, instead of being part of a large family, feasting together, Thanksgiving has become another opportunity to focus on everything I am so grateful for in my life. Not only on Thanksgiving Day, but on every day. Gratitude is the key that opens the door of love. Even on your worst day, you can find something to be grateful for. Gratitude is a Spiritual Attitude toward life. It is a time of reflection and introspection, and if we look at the past year wisely, it can help us reinvent ourselves and our relationships with others.
Often memories come up and give us the opportunity to heal completely. Anxiety can be a sign of what we may want to change. How to cope with challenging family members or friends might be a challenge we can look at differently. We could choose to not buy into the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. No matter where we are or what we have or have not, we are all here to find happiness. And just to add a little more interest into this particular Thanksgiving, Mercury is in Retrograde, so there may be a strong potential for misunderstanding. Whatever the tradition or the challenge, 2012 is a time for change. Be grateful we never have to stay the same. We can all grow with peace and GRACE.
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111