Thanksgiving a time when we celebrate a variety of important things. To name a few: harvest bounty, community, and being American. regardless of religion. Thanksgiving is also special because it is an adaptable holiday. It give us the opportunity think about our heritage as a country, all that’s good and what needs to be improved, as well as the heritage that is unique to our family. We are free to give thanks for what we have in whatever way we like.
For all these reasons, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to share, especially with foreigners. Inviting someone from another country to participate in this quintessential American tradition is to learn what the United States is all about. After all, the first Thanksgiving was multi-cultural—a moment celebrated by colonists from different places in Europe and Native Americans together.
It’s also true that the best way to learn something is to teach it. If you want to understand what the United States stands for, and think carefully about how it prompts us to be grateful, here’s your opportunity.
Here are some things to think about this Thanksgiving, whether you have a foreigner at your table or not:
-What does this country have that you couldn’t live without?
-What is your favorite aspect of “American life?”
-What about this country do you hope will never change?
-What makes you proud to be an American?
Wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to all.