National Day of Thanksgiving in Australia – Saturday 26 May

Narelle here. On Saturday 26 May, Australians will have the opportunity to thank those who make a difference in their communities.

Thanksgiving is an American tradition that is worthy of adoption. A few years ago Deb and I shared a traditional Thanksgiving lunch with our friends and Deb’s American neighbour. Traditional roast turkey, mashed potato, sweet potato (yams) with marshmallows, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.  All very delicious! We sat around the table and shared what we were thankful for as we enjoyed a beautiful meal.

The National Day of Thanksgiving gives Australians an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to thank one another for the contributions each makes in our communities.

It is a Christian based initiative, endorsed by Government and supported by numerous community groups, that provides the Church in Australia with the opportunity to give leadership in drawing local communities together to celebrate those values that bind us together as a nation.

People to Honour and Thank in 2012:

Elected Local Government officials.

Council management and staff.

Outdoor and contracted workers in areas such as rubbish collection and road and park/garden maintenance.

Chaplains in schools, hospitals, businesses and other organisations.

Deb has been a school chaplain for a number of years and I’ll take this opportunity to thank her for the valuable work she does in one of our government schools. Thank you Deb!

For the Aussies reading this post, who will you be thanking on Saturday? Are you involved in any National Day of Thanksgiving activities?

For more information on the National Day of Thanksgiving, please visit their website http://www.thanksgiving.org.au

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