On Thursday our US authors and readers will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately in Australia we don’t have a Thanksgiving tradition like the US and Canada.
Many years ago an American friend taught me how to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Roast turkey and mashed potato served with gravy and cranberry sauce is often part of our Aussie Christmas dinner menu.
I will confess I struggle with the concept of pumpkin pie being a sweet rather than savory dish, and sweet potato casserole including marshmallows. We roast pumpkin and sweet potato and serve it with gravy. I prefer savory to sweet, and l do like the traditional green bean casserole.
The thing I like the most about Thanksgiving is the tradition of sharing what you’re thankful for. It encourages ‘glass half full’ thinking where we focus on the good things we have in our life rather than complaining about the bad things we don’t like.
We encourage an attitude of thankfulness in our family rather than entitlement. Instead of being focused on self, we talk about how we can help people and appreciate the help we’ve received from others. The Biblical principle of loving your neighbor as yourself.
One thing I’ll always be thankful for is the opportunity I’ve had to publish my books. I’m thankful that I could attend a Margie Lawson Writing Immersion Retreat earlier this month to learn more about the craft of writing.
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in November? What are you thankful for this year?