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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron

Hey guys,

today I want to give you some quick thoughts about “Thanksgiving”. Why am I talking about an American/Canadian holiday on a blog about European Lifestyle and Beauty? Because some European countries actually celebrate something similar.

So let me tell you what this is all about. Whereas “Thanksgiving” in the United States and Canada is a national holiday, the European forms of it are traditionally church holidays.Β  In contrast to the overseas-version of “Tanksgiving”, the European traditions are not supposed to be a celebration of everything you’re thankful for like your family and friends, your job, your place to live etc., but they are typically “harvest fests”, mostly celebrated in early October, for example the “Erntedankfest” in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It isΒ  not quite as popular for everybody, so its celebration is much more regional, prevalent in more religious and/or rural parts of the countries. Some churches line up parades in which corn, bread, fruits and vegetables are presented to remind people to never take it for granted that they have enough good and healthy food for themselves and their families.

Either way, being thankful for what you have is worth celebrating, isn’t it?

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