Thursday, November 26, 2009

Favorite Day of the Year

Today is an American holiday, Thanksgiving. If you are a US citizen you probably consider it to be one of the big three along with Christmas and Independence Day. In many ways I think it is my favorite holiday and is one that I am surprised that more people outside the US do not adopt.

The story of Thanksgiving is familiar enough. The Puritans came to what is now the Boston area in 1620 and landed too late in the year to grow food for the winter. They almost starved and would have all died without the help of the natives in the area. The next year, 1621 they were able to plant crops and build adequate shelters and knew that they would have enough to carry them through the winter so they held a feast to celebrate and even invited the native American tribes that had helped them.

Other cultures, almost all of them in fact have similar stories of people being grateful that they have enough to eat. Indeed, I cannot really think of a better reason to celebrate than knowing that you will not starve. Lots of people in the world don't know they will not starve.

So in the off chance that someone reads this most obscure of Hong Kong blogs today, take a little time to be thankful. Take some time to say thank you to someone who has helped you when they didn't have to.

Get into the holiday spirit, if only a little bit.

Until Next Time
Fai Mao
The blogger who really does like roasted turkey and pumpkin pie

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