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BOSTON, Mass (WBZ-AM) — In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Thanksgiving Day.
The day we set aside each year for celebrating football, overeating, and napping, right?
Actually, it’s about a bit more than that.
The first Thanksgiving feast including the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags in 1621 was a celebration of a successful harvest, an event that was crucial to everyone’s survival.
And in a way, we’re still celebrating for the same reason.
Consider what so many of us are most thankful for today that helps us survive and thrive:
We’re thankful for our loved ones, past and present.
Without family and friends – and I don’t mean internet friends, because they aren’t the same – we struggle. And without love, whether you draw it from people or faith or both, what else matters?
We’re thankful for our country, or at least we should be.
It is a flawed but fantastic place of hope, opportunity, and at least a decent shot at justice, filled with amazing people who do amazing things.
Warts and all, we should all give thanks for being Americans.
More specifically, we’re thankful for being New Englanders. Other regions of the country are great in their own way – OK, maybe not New Jersey – but is there any corner of America that can match us for natural beauty, history, creativity, and pro sports championships?
Eat your heart out, lower 44 states.
As we’re reminded every time we lose someone close to us, life is short, and it can fly by unappreciated if we don’t take the time to be thankful for its gifts.
That’s what today is about.
And, ok, football, overeating and napping too.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
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