23 November 2011

On Thanksgiving Day celebrations

We usually have our harvest festivals a bit earlier in the season, here in the north country. Gatherings where folks bring offerings in the form of pot luck dishes, music, laughter...stories of summer's successes and failures. Dreams of what will be different in the garden or with animals for the coming year. Much of the meat is from the wild. Common in most cultures, harvest festivals have been celebrated for millenia. Next, the festival of lights, the solstice...the time when the sun ends it's inexorable journey toward the horizon and begins it's return. Another true time of celebration. Cooperation, community, consideration, conservation.

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