Food for Thought



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By Rebecca Li, Staff Writer

What comes to mind when you hear the word, “Thanksgiving”? Most people would answer turkey, pumpkins, or any food-related item. Or, in our case, several days after the holiday in question, we may think of indigestion and stomachaches.

Thanksgiving is a holiday held on the last Thursday of November. It’s a tradition for many Americans to gather with friends and family, watch football, and eat a big dinner. But while we participate in these festivities, we often forget one important thing: the reason behind the whole celebration.

Let’s start with a  brief history lesson. Thanksgiving was not officially a national holiday until 1863. The first Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. The Pilgrims, as we know, were English settlers that came to America to practice religious freedom.  After enduring a harsh winter, the Pilgrims were assisted by the Indians and reaped a bountiful harvest that summer. To celebrate this, the Pilgrims, joined by their Indian neighbors, held a harvest festival to give thanks to God.

Though we gradually drifted away from its original religious purpose, the main objective is still there: to give thanks. However, in this day and age, we’re all caught up in our daily lives. We revolve around school and friends and possessions. We want this, we want that, and we grumble about what we have and don’t have. We complain about our parents, we desire that newly-released version of the iPhone, we want more money from part-time jobs, and so on. Do we stop to consider how lucky we are to have what we have? Not always. There are thousands of people out in the world who are not as fortunate as us, which is sad to say. We take things for granted, and it shows.

What we should do is stop for a moment. Even if it isn’t anywhere near Thanksgiving, no matter how old or young you are, let’s pause and think: what sort of things can we be thankful for? How can we manage to keep this in our mind as we go along our daily routine? This is a point that we can consider; let’s take it as something we can think about throughout this holiday season.