Because I'm Irish, I don't celebrate the US holiday of Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, I do try to practice gratitude on a regular basis, so I appreciate anything that reminds me. Still though, I always like to give it my own little twist, so last year I started Alternative Thanksgiving as a little nod to my first year living in America.
Alternative Thanksgiving is a celebration of the silly things. Life's simple pleasures that often go unnoticed. It's easy to remember the big ones – family and friends and a roof over your head. But what about rainbows? And sparkles? And clean sheets?
My list of the tiny things I'm thankful for would be infinite, but here are the top 10 that popped into my head this year:
Told you they were silly. 😉
So, whatever the holiday means to you, I'd encourage you to take a moment to think of the simple things that make your life that little bit easier. Maybe it's the way your favourite mug fits your hand just so, or the way you've worn in your winter boots, or that your husband doesn't snore. Maybe it's that you live somewhere you can see the stars, or that you've managed to keep one single plant alive (even if it's a cactus).
Truly celebrate the small things because, when you add them all up, they equal a full and happy life.
Whether it's regular or alternative, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.