A Celebration of Gratitude and Tradition
Thanksgiving 2023 is just around the corner, 23rd November to be precise. It’s a time to celebrate gratitude, family, and tradition. In this post, we’ll explore what Thanksgiving represents, its historical origins, and its ongoing significance in our lives.
The Essence of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is more than just another holiday; it’s a moment for reflection and appreciation. It’s a day to come together with loved ones, share a bountiful feast, and recognize the abundance we often overlook. It’s a celebration of family, friendships, and life’s simple joys.
The history of Thanksgiving in the United States runs deep. It’s believed to have its origins in the 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans at Plymouth Colony, commemorating a successful harvest and cooperation. Additionally, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, firmly establishing its place in American culture.
While the essence of Thanksgiving has endured, specific traditions may vary from one family to another. The Thanksgiving feast remains central, featuring roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and an array of pies. Many families take a moment to express gratitude, either through a prayer, a gratitude journal, or by sharing what they’re thankful for around the table. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with its iconic balloons and festive floats, is a beloved tradition eagerly anticipated each year.
Read more about the traditions on our blog post Thanksgiving 2022.
The Modern Thanksgiving
In recent years, Thanksgiving has evolved to embrace new forms and traditions. For instance, some families choose to give back by volunteering or donating to charitable organizations, thus extending the spirit of gratitude to those in need. Moreover, multicultural dishes are increasingly incorporated into feasts, reflecting the diverse tapestry of modern society. Furthermore, with technological advances, families often celebrate with distant loved ones through video calls, effectively bridging physical gaps. Health-conscious choices are also on the rise, with an emphasis on nutritious and plant-based options alongside traditional favorites.
Thanksgiving 2023 Music
Here’s a few of our suggestions of music help you celebrate Thanksgiving Day. There’s a few weeks of practise time before the big day. So go ahead and download today.
- America, the Beautiful – a traditional song
- Amazing Grace – originally an Appalachian folk tune known as New Britain
- The Greenwood Tree – a traditional round
- Shenandoah – a traditional song
- Maple Leaf Rag and Fig Leaf Rag both by Joplin
- Op.8 No.3 The Four Seasons, Autumn by Vivaldi
- Largo theme from the New World Symphony No. 9 Op. 95 – the lovely gentle piece by Dvorak
- K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. 1st movement – the familiar and rousing piece by Mozart