Parsing The Meaning Of Thanksgiving

 To me Thanksgiving means…

  • gratitude
  • sharing
  • bounty
  • kindness
  • celebration
  • family
  • friends
  • joy
  • tradition
  • cooperation

  We received a Thanksgiving card from a business with the following message in it:

“At this time of thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. 

The freedom of this great country in which we live.

Its opportunity for achievement.

The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. 

For all of these things we are deeply thankful.”

 I really don’t what to make of this message.  Putting aside that the third line makes no sense to me, the copy in this card sounds more like a Fourth of July card than in a Thanksgiving card.

  Then, in a lightbulb moment, I went to the website printed on the back of the card.  There I discovered that this Thanksgiving card had an alternative message available:

“At this time of

Thanksgiving celebration

our thoughts turn gratefully to you

with warm appreciation.”

Clearly the alternative message better encapsulates my take on what Thanksgiving is all about.  However, considering the card company offers both messages, some people must find the first message to be meaningful and appropriate.

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All of which leads me to ask:

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Given the opportunity, which message would you send to your clients?  And why?

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6 thoughts on “Parsing The Meaning Of Thanksgiving

  1. Thanksgiving means first and foremost to me, family and friends. Without these, life would be pretty sad. I’m very grateful this year that our family (kids) will be together for the first time in 6 years.
    I would send the second message to clients, because without them, the company would not be where it is today. It’s just a more meaningful message.


    • Beth, we think alike. I like the second message for the exact reason you mentioned. I’m not 100% sold on this company to begin with– and things like this make me doubt them even more.

      Happy to know that all the kids will be with you this year. No pressure to make a perfect meal!


  2. Family. Thanksgiving always means family to me and, since I will be on the road tomorrow and on my way to some of my own family, I will use this box to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving, Ally.


  3. Family and food. 🙂 I’m thankful for many people and things in my life, but I’ve always spent Thanksgiving with my family. The past three years our older daughter has been away–NYC and CA and that’s hard.


    • Margaret, I’m sure that it’s difficult for you considering the stresses in your life right now. Yet you have the right priorities about what Thanksgiving means to you. I don’t have the first, but I do have that latter… which is more than some folks. So I am thankful.


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