Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week #7 Poll Results

The week 7 poll was "What is your favorite Holiday?" I thought Christmas and Thanksgiving would have a fierce battle however to my surprise Thanksgiving was a runaway winner. It must be the feast that is often robust the fourth Thursday of each November that set the holiday apart from Christmas, even though Christmas is often celebrated with large meals as well. Dinner tables are often filled with Turkey, Ham, stuffing, potatoes, salad, noodles (No one has better noodles than my grandma and I will pay $100 to the person that proves otherwise), dinner rolls, and more desserts that the eyes can handle but the stomach cant! Or maybe it is the overall message of the holiday which is to share thanks to those who are important to your life and the many blessings you enjoy each and every day. It is one day a year where thanks is set aside and made more visible in our culture, when it the concept of showing thanks should be an every day occurrence.

According to Wikipedia:
Thanksgiving in North America originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.
While many are opposed to the celebration of Thanksgiving because of the treatment that the European settlers later inflicted on the Native people of North America, it should not get lost in the message of giving thanks for what we have.

Week #8 Poll: Which perk would you rather have? An extra week vacation, $5,000 bonus, Better Health Benefits, or Educational Assistance.

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