Thanksgiving is my favorite "American" holiday. It is a celebration of life, of the harvest, of the power of people coming together, of remembering. Although it wasn't a holiday until Lincoln made it one, the story it tells is powerful mythology. Early European settlers fleeing persecution in Europe, for their ideals, would have died out but for the help of local Native American communities. Thanksgiving Day commemorates their profound generosity, the neighborliness that resulted, and gratitude for life itself after a very hard year. These are values that the Transition Movement seeks to build on. What a different nation would have been created if the impulses of neighborliness, gratitude, and generosity had extended beyond people's own family or community, and actually formed the basis of the development of this country!
Below is a grace that I like to offer before I eat. It comes from several sources, including a Sufi and a Native American. I would love to hear other blessings for food that people say.
O thou, sustainer of our bodies, hearts and souls, bless all that we receive in thankfulness.
We offer gratitude to all those beings who brought this food to us - the soils, the winds, the waters, the sun, the plants, animals and people. May their days be long and well. And may all beings everywhere have good and nourishing food to eat. blessed be
Hope you are all outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine today, and are avoiding the black greed of "Black Friday"!