Sunday, November 20, 2016

Handmade History: Gratitude

This time of year in particular, one's thoughts turn to gratitude - with Facebook challenges to list things you are grateful for, holiday cards being written and sent, not to mention Thanksgiving Day itself.

Thanksgiving pin back button set, XO Handworks

American Thanksgiving traditions dates back to the Plymouth Colonists' first successful harvest in 1621, as they happily prepared for a winter where food would not be scarce. They shared a harvest feast with the Wampanog people, who had helped to make the colonists' harvest a success. For the next two hundred years, colonies celebrated individual dates of thanksgiving and harvest festivals. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving to take place every November (although several states had established annual thanksgiving days prior to 1863).

Gratitude, of course, is something that is timeless and certainly shouldn't be restricted to one day a year. Gratitude has the ability to make you healthier, reduce depression, and help you sleep better.  It's history is certainly as long as humankind, and the expressions are varied. How will you choose to express gratitude today?

A formal note Emily Post would be proud of:
Vintage filigree thank you card, Apple Berry Ink

Or, a cleverly worded card:
Thanks for putting up with me card, Plays Nicely With Paper

A daily gratitude journal:
Leather journal with ceramic button closure, Wayfaring Art

Cooking a meal for friends and family:
Wooden spoon, Wood Chucks Wood

Or, even just sharing a simple cup of tea:
Set of 2 porcelain Yunomi tea cups, Diane Gamm


Sharon Parker said...

Such a thoughtful and excellent topic at any time, and especially timely this week, of course! You chose a nice assortment of handmade things to illustrate it with, too!

Cindy said...

Nicely expressed and supported with thoughtful handmade items. Thank you for making us all more aware of the power of gratitude.