My reflections on Thanksgiving Day in America

"Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside each year for giving thanks to God for blessings received during the year. On this day, people give thanks with feasting and prayer. It is celebrated in the United States and Canada." "The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 7"World Book Encyclopedia. 2002.

Though I've lived all my life in Asia, my association with America over the years through FamilyBusiness and Church has helped me become familiar with several American traditions, one of them being Thanksgiving Day. Now this is a Body Mind Spirit link to the American celebration and even though we do not celebrate it in Asia it has become a strong link that reminds me too to give thanks to God for blessings received during each year. I really have many things to be grateful to God in my life as in this past year and the one that I seem to cherish the most seems to be the Family and Friends that I have who seem to be growing in maturity and numbers through time!  My websiteblog and facebook pages are reflective of the joy I get in doing some work of the heart consistently throughout the year to keep in touch with my family and friends.

For me,Thanksgiving Day seems to be a prelude to the bigger tradition of Christmas which we do celebrate in Asia. It is also the time of the year that the long school holidays, similar to the American summer holidays, begin. Thus it marks the beginning of the season to be spending time with family and friends with a climax at Christmas followed by the New Year. In Malaysia and Singapore where we have a rich diversity of races and religions, two more big celebrations and holidays of Chinese New Year and the Muslim New Year follow through after Christmas and the New Year. It is no wonder you will find the friendliest people here who appreciate spending time with people of any race or culture!

As a prelude to Christmas and the New Year, I will start on this Thanksgiving Day in America to continue to build my photo collage of family members and friends living in the US in this post that started on the Thanksgiving Day of many years ago while I was in the US for a short season too :

Look out for more collages that will be added here till Christmas 2011.

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