The leaves have fallen here in the Bluegrass, fall rains are attempting to cover the evidence of the hot and arid summer in Oklahoma and snow is beginning to cap the mountains in the west. That’s right, the year is coming to an end and the holidays are right around the corner. This week is one of my favorite times of year. Thanksgiving is just a day away.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back as early as 1621 to its earliest celebration in Plymouth Massachusetts. The prompting of the first thanksgiving celebration was from a plentiful harvest. It’s rather amazing how much this once simple celebration of a “good harvest” has evolved.
As an increasing number of consumers are becoming more and more displaced from agriculture, how do people view today’s version of Thanksgiving? Is it the prequel to the infamous “Black Friday” events, is it a time to gather together with family and friends, or is it still a time for some to be truly thankful for all of the blessings in one’s life?
Growing up in a farm family Thanksgiving has a many meanings to me, including but not limited to my family and friends, and the opportunity to pursue a career in the agriculture field. Though not every year is a plentiful one, there is always much to be thankful for. This year was an interesting year for farming and ranching across the country. While the Northeast had substantial amounts of rain that flooded many crops, and the southern plains experienced the worst heat and drought in history, the northern plains had an even balance of rain and sun that provided a generous harvest.
I’m sure that if you ask a farmer or rancher in any of these areas what they are thankful for, you will receive and array of answers, from the health and well being of their families while everything was lost due to drought or flood to the gratefulness of a successful bumper crop.
There is more on the table this Thanksgiving than just the turkey. There are many issues overcome by some and many blessings given to others. Overall there is always something to be thankful for.
Let us know what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Also, don’t forget to thank those farmers and military personnel that have made this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving possible.
From the farming family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!