Despite commercial efforts to squeeze it out of existence with Christmas paraphernalia showing up before Halloween and Black Friday starting Thursday afternoon, Thanksgiving still holds a very special place in American hearts.
About seventeen other countries also have a Thanksgiving celebration, most centering around the fall harvest, but I can’t help but selfishly think ours is special.
While there are varying, and sometimes conflicting, accounts of what our first Thanksgiving looked like, three things have remained constant throughout the years and are at the center of why Americans celebrate: the fellowship of family and friends, our grateful hearts, and the blessing of food.
I have two songs I would like to share with you. The first is Thanksgiving Song written and sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Both the words and the accompanying pictures capture the heart of the American tradition. I hope you enjoy it.
The second song by Carrie Underwood doesn’t just address Thanksgiving, but the entire holiday season, and, as most of you will agree, is spot on in its portrayal of the American approach to the holidays. Enjoy.