In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. And so we continue the tradition…gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with stuffed turkeys and the fixins and forget what the holiday was established to proclaim. I love this particular holiday, no gifts necessary, no chocolate required, just a thankful heart. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to celebrate Thanksgiving. I have some helpful tips to keep the day centered on the one who gave us all things and deserves our Thanksgiving…

T – tune into God’s voice
H – hear Him speak to you
A – answer with a willing response
N – never take His presence for granted
K – kindly treat others as Jesus would
S – share the love He so freely gives to you
G – give generously of His love and provision
I – invest in others
V – value the friendships He has given to you
I – initiate togetherness for those who may be lonely
N – never forget to be thankful
G – God smiles on a day given over to thankfulness

But really, shouldn’t we be celebrating thankfulness everyday?

 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.— Colossians 3:17