I haven’t done Five Minute Friday in a while because, for the last few weeks, I would look at the word and have absolutely nothing. And I value you as my readers too much to write about nothing for five minutes and call it a post and take up your time with it, so I just didn’t. I had almost given up the idea altogether until I noticed the word for today on my friend Dana’s blog.
It’s “together.” What word could be more perfect for this series, A Season of Thanksgiving, than that word. Together.
If Five Minute Friday is new to you, here’s the scoop: 5 minutes. 1 word. No editing. Just write. Then encourage some fellow bloggers by reading and commenting. It’s easy and fun and you meet some really great people. Join us this week if you’d like.
So here goes: TOGETHER
In all my research thus far for this series, I have yet to come across a single culture that celebrates its harvest festival as individuals. Even in the US, in what is quite possibly the most individualistic culture this earth has ever seen, Thanksgiving is about being together with your family and friends. For many families, it’s one of the only meals they actually eat together around the table.
It’s because gratitude loves company. When you’re really thankful, when you realize how much you’ve been given, how very blessed you are, you just have to share it! Your joy spills over and it simply must be shared. It’s ingrained in us as humans. It’s one of those things that transcends culture.
I wonder if it works the other way too. I wonder if when I’m finding myself lacking in gratitude, feeling particularly entitled, if gathering people around me might help me find some gratitude. I’m thinking it might. I’m thinking that the act of being together might prompt me to realize how blessed I am to have people to be with.
What do you think? Do you agree that gratitude loves company? Do you think it works both ways? Is togetherness simply a product of thanksgiving or can it help to bring it about?
Would you like to join us for Thanksgiving season? Here are all the posts in this series so far:
- Introductory posts from Mommynificent (with an index!) and Desperate Homeschoolers
- A Canadian Thanksgiving with a free printable of Psalm 9:1
- Helping Kids Learn to Pray for Others with a free printable of 1 Chronicles 29:14
- 5 Ideas to Engage Kids in Praying for the World (over at One Fun Mom)
- A Love Letter to the World with a free Mother Teresa quote printable (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
- Togetherness at Thanksgiving
- Quality Time vs. Quantity Time with a free printable (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
- A Malaysian Thanksgiving with a free printable of Psalm 50:23 in multiple languages (coming soon!)
- A Grenadian Thanksgiving, guest-written by my friend Sarah who is currently living in Grenada. I’m super excited about this one as I didn’t even know Grenada had their own Thanksgiving! I can hardly wait to read her post. You can get to know Sarah on her blog, sarahfaithhansen.com.
You can join our Facebook communities, Mommynificent and Desperate Homeschoolers, to keep up with our Thanksgiving season happenings! You can also subscribeto receive free emails from Mommynificent and Desperate Homeschoolers in your inbox so you don’t miss a post.
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