Meaning of Thanksgiving – Expressions of Gratitude

November 25, 2018

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

I have seen a number of publications which have offered some useful thoughts on the meaning of Thanksgiving. One that caught my attention suggests that the holiday has undergone numerous transitions, including an expression of gratitude for survival, a recognition of a flourishing community, and the   collection of our nation’s traditions and values.

Over the centuries, families added their customs to the Thanksgiving celebration, preserving that which they held most precious:

  • To gather in unity – It is refreshing and invigorating when people come together, in celebration of a common purpose. It is a reconciliation of differences as well as a time of healing. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope.
  • To teach the young – In stories retold, each generation brings purpose and significance to the richness of their heritage.
  • To prepare the heart – In gratitude, we humbly reflect upon all the gifts (family, friends, health) that saturate our lives. By “giving-thanks” we choose to extend ourselves and give to others less fortunate. Out of the abundance of our hearts, we are able to offer our resources to help others.

So, Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation for this week, is simply to remind all of us that the meaning of Thanksgiving is perhaps more than just feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, or a forerunner to Christmas and other end-of-the-year festivities.

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