This year for the first time I celebrated Mass on Thanksgiving Day. To have a grateful attitude is basic for the Christian. To be grateful first of all reminds us that we are in a dependent relationship. We need God the Giver. Secondly, it puts us in the right relationship to Him. Through thanks we acknowledge his great gift. Yet we are so often ungrateful, and it often seems that the more we have the less grateful we are. So many prosperous Americans. So little gratitude. Finally, as Catholics we remember that ‘Eucharist’ means ‘Thanksgiving’, so every time we go to Mass we attend Thanksgiving Dinner.
This year our family are on our own. Ben and Maddy–our senior and junior in High School are helping me cook. To start off crackers with nibbles–shrimp, artichoke hearts, salami and olives. Then turkey with sausage stuffing, English style roast potatoes, American style green bean and corn casserole, Southern style sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans on top. Dessert–sticky toffee pudding imported from England. Yumm!