I would like to wish everyone on WB a Happy Thanksgiving.
For some of us, this day takes on a religious note. We have been blessed to have been born in (or immigrated to) the greatest country on Earth (with the noted exception of those nations others of you hold dear). We can't help but see the hand of providence in all of this; personally, nationally, historically, and worldly.
George Washington was such a man who understood these blessings... see his Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789 which is a must read IMO.
For others, this day has no religious connotations, but is still an opportunity to be thankful for what they have; family, friends, and prosperity. No one holds a monopoly on thankfulness.
There is the historical tradition of the pilgrims celebrating their first harvest and inviting an Indian chief and his men to join them about 400 years ago. Since then, the idea of a day of thanksgiving has been celebrated widely (in communities and states); but not as a nation... until the Civil War, under Abraham Lincoln. After that, Presidential proclamations did the trick (every year) until Thanksgiving was made a national holiday in 1941 (by President Franklin Roosevelt).
Me? I have a lot to be grateful for.... Family, Friends, Prosperity, Health, Protection, Freedom, Faith, Community, Upbringing, Independence, Forgiveness, Job, Opportunity, Hunting, Fishing, Dogs, Daily Bread, Grace, Home and Hearth...
Here is hoping your list is as long and bountiful...