Thanksgiving–Not Just About the Turkey
Posted on November 25th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
Even as the smell of the turkey feast fills your house today, we know the turkey is only one of the big highlights of Thanksgiving, Yes, the food is important, but everyone knows it is really all about the football!!
We all know the feast and the football are crucial, but seriously, we know it is a time for gratitude.
Things For Which We are Grateful at The Cagle Law Firm
Our Clients. I am personally thankful for the stories my clients allow and trust me to share. While representing seriously injured victims of motor vehicle crashes, we see people in life-changing events. It never fails to surprise me the tenacity and perseverance of my clients.
Our Families: Trial in of itself takes many hours. I’m thankful for our understanding families when we work long hours or have to spend days and nights out of town trying cases.
Our Country and the Ability to Practice Law: The U.S. Constitution and the freedoms we individually exercise are amazing and should never be taken for granted. We are blessed to be able to have a judicial system allowing individuals to fight for their individual rights no matter how big the opponent. The law is a tremendous institution and we are grateful to practice in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.
Giving Thanks and Celebrating—-How It Began
Whatever you plan to do on Thanksgiving, it is a time to celebrate your blessings with family and friends. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when the Mayflower Pilgrims celebrated a bountiful harvest with the aid of the American Indians who assisted them in surviving the winter despite suffering the loss of many of their colonists.
George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a holiday in 1789, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it as the last Thursday in November and in 1941, Congress sanctioned Thanksgiving a National holiday
The actual celebration of Thanksgiving has transitioned over the years and Americans have added their unique family traditions along the way. Whether it is a time to join family and celebrate one’s heritage or religion, it is a time of gratitude and sharing for almost all American regardless or race or religion. The familiar phrase of “counting your blessings” is a tradition all of us can unite. Thanksgiving is also a time to recognize the challenges one has overcome, victories and prosperity.
While many of us focus on the things we have not won or dwell on our challenges, it is a national day to actually take stock of the positive things in one’s life, gather with friends and family, and celebrate.
What Makes You Give Thanks?
No matter how our relatives, associates or friends annoy or try our patience (especially over the holidays), each of us should be thankful for the people in our lives. Granted, when great Aunt Martha tells the same story for the hundredth time and the meal can be fraught with political debate; we each have to be thankful we have family and friends with which to argue and love.
When everyone arrives safely at the celebration, there needs to be thanks for safe travel that you’ve avoided one of the most dangerous travel weekends of the year. Motor vehicle crashes are common on holiday weekends such as Thanksgiving as so many travel the roadways. Thanksgiving weekend is also the busiest air travel weekend of the year.
While I repeat it often, please refrain from drinking and driving during the holiday weekend (or any weekend for that matter) and make sure you have a sober driver.