In Danish tusind tak translates to ‘a thousand thanks’ and although Denmark doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the American sense, what everyone around the world has in common is that we all give thanks. After all, as Henry David Thoreau did so eloquently state, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.”
Giving thanks is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday, although some would argue it’s the pie (or football). The history of how Thanksgiving came about is indeed an intriguing part of American history, and despite that (or because of it) some emphasize that there are many myths about Thanksgiving’s origin. It is true that our current-day celebration of giving thanks is much different in many ways than that first feast nearly 400 years ago, but the core intention remains: thankfulness.
As Americans we may designate one special day to give thanks, but that does not mean that the other 364 days are void of this. We all know that there are many, many things to be thankful for each and every day. Culturally we can probably take a note from our Danish friends about being more expressive and open with this trait. After all, we’ve all heard that Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, and you may be surprised to learn that gratitude is a big reason why. As it turns out, Danes do a great job of being grateful and showing perpetual gratitude in their everyday lives, and that can be contagious!
However, no matter how you slice it (pun intended) Thanksgiving has always been about coming together and being thankful, and there is something very, very sweet about that!(Read more hilarious literary Thanksgiving puns here, thanks to BuzzFeed)
In conclusion, if you’ve learned anything in the past 2 minutes it is this: if you have a ‘tude this week make it gratitude!
And finally, Mange tak (many thanks) to you for devoting a few minutes each week to catch up with us here at The Hope Chest! We aim to share a bit of our love for all things Scandinavian and we’re glad you visit.
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