Thanksgiving celebrates bounty, and offers us the opportunity to express gratitude for the simple pleasures of food, family, and friends. On Thanksgiving, we focus on the happiness of the moment—the table set before us and the faces gathered around it. As we appreciate these gifts, we live in the present without lingering on regrets from the past or worries about the future. Many communities use Thanksgiving as a time for multi-faith services of prayer and thanksgiving. This creates a mood of joyful reverence that gives an elevated shape to the American holiday season.

Appreciating Our Elders

By Doris Dyen and Reena Sigmund Friedman
Questions for an intergenerational Thanksgiving conversation   more
Ritual Component

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus
The stirring ode to the "New World" inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty   more