Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is celebrated primarily in North America. While perhaps religious in origin, it is now primarily identified as a secular holiday, celebrated on the second Monday of October (Canada) and on the fourth Thursday of November (USA). Usually a Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, with family members and friends.
There is some controversy surrounding the date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration but the earliest attested celebration was as early as in 1565.
Stationery: Personlized notepad
A simple yet personal gift for anyone with a tendency to make notes on the back of grocery receipts and other bits of paper is a personalized notepad. You can tailor the personalization to refer in some way to the gift occasion or go for something standard like "From the desk of [name]". You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes, from self-sticking notepads to address labels.
Electronics: MP3 Player
Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.
Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!
Candles, Cake & Wine
In Portugal, it used to be customary to have an "open house" from Christmas until New Year's Day. During this period, every window in the house flickered with candlelight as a sign of welcome to all passers-by. Each visitor was treated to a small cake and some wine.
Also known as the "horn of plenty", spilling over with grains, vegetables and fruits, symbolizes a bountiful harvest. Ancient Romans used a large sea shell filled with fruit to symbolize the abundance of life's material goods.
For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
So once in every year we throng Upon a day apart, To praise the Lord with feast and song In thankfulness of heart.
Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, - a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.