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What's different about Thanksgiving?

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When does the Thanksgiving season start? For holidays like Christmas and Halloween we have decorations and festivities to herald the day. Rhymes, jingles and lights give notice to the timeframe of celebration. Gaudy dresses and bright clothes mark some of the occasions. But it's different with Thanksgiving, and I think I know the reason.

You see, with all of the other days it is a man-made marking of time that brings them on. New Year's Day is an artificial choosing of one of all of the days of the year to put on the calendar. Christmas is a guessing of the time period. Halloween is a changing of the seasons and an approach to winter.

But Thanksgiving is a state of mind. It has no artificial or even man-made boundaries, other than the things we tend to associate it with. In truth, Thanksgiving never starts or ends. Sure, we give it a period of a few days in November and link it with the pilgrims' good fortune. We couple it with a bounteous harvest and bring out the trappings of plenty such as a bodacious table-filling meal. But really Thanksgiving is or should be with us all the time.

Because when I reflect on my life, I can be thankful not just for one day a year but in reality every minute of every day of every year. So as we enjoy good food, good surroundings, wonderful family and friends, let's remember to give thanks for them all the time so that Thanksgiving will not be a holiday but a frame of mind, a heavenly blessed awareness like a life force, a persistent aura. It is an underlying feeling of the wonderful, almost magical, gift of life!

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