’Tis the season for joyful times in the company of family and friends during the winter holidays of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. For young and old alike, the holidays are filled with anticipation and excitement. There may be parties aplenty and gifts galore, but the true meaning of the holidays lies in intangibles such as kindness, gratitude and peace.
Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 27 this year, and families and groups of friends will bond at dinner tables across the country. While a big turkey and a smorgasbord of trimmings are featured at most meals, it’s not what’s on the menu that’s important.
Giving thanks is the true heart of Thanksgiving, which is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s the theme that gives the holiday lasting meaning and resonance across generations.
So, as autumn winds down, let’s take time to be thankful for the big and little things in our lives.
Let’s also have some fun, with this Thanksgiving quiz:
This bewitching holiday marked on October 31 dates back more than 2,000 years, to Celtic celebrations of the harvest and the coming of winter. It was known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” since it fell on the eve of the Christian observance of All Saint’s Day, November 1.
Halloween is steeped in traditions and customs, and the boundaries blur between the worlds of the living and the dead. This focus on the mystical and macabre has spawned the holiday’s association with scary characters such as ghosts, witches, warlocks, vampires and zombies.
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Summer is hard to beat. We love the season for its barbecues, baseball, beach days and water sports, and also for its celebrations of family milestones including graduations and weddings. Some of us will get down to earth and create a vegetable garden. Others will take to the trails for hiking or biking. Still others will slap on some sunscreen, plop down in a backyard lounge chair, and enjoy an instant vacation.Read More