Friday, 23 November 2012
Usually we lament the influence of American culture on what we see as traditional Irish ways. Fast food, MacMansion, trashy soaps and cosmetic surgery are all imports we could have done without,
although we have plenty of vices of our own.
But Thanksgiving is one American tradition which I like and which we could do well to adopt.
Looked at from this side of the Atlantic, it seems to be a holiday (and I really hate that word) which has avoided being tarnished by commercialism, where the emphasis is still on families getting together and giving thanks for what is good.
It's hard sometimes, when the recession continues to bring so much misery to so many Irish people, to remember that there are still good things in life.
I know, however, that I have reason to be thankful.
I have my family and friends who love me and are loved in return.
I have a roof over my head, food on my table, a job and good health.
I live in a beautiful country and enjoy wealth and freedom which many can only dream of.
Life may not be perfect but most of the time it's good and for that I am thankful.