Friday, 25 November 2016


Thanksgiving is not a custom that New Zealand has imported from the United States.   We fiercely embrace halloween which grows bigger by the year.   Christmas decorations fill the shops even before the ghosts and ghoulies have been consigned to the warehouse.  Black Friday sales have reached our shores - well and truly.  But nary a mention of Thanksgiving.

Family gatherings around a special meal, when each member lists what they are thankful for seems to me to be an excellent tradition.   Not so much fun though when it's just the DBEM and me.

However today I tried to be mindful all day of Thanksgiving and created my own little list.
I am thankful for

  • Good health
  • An interesting job.
  • Energy to enjoy life.
  • Embroidery to keep my hands occupied.
  • Books to keep my mind stimulated.
  • Friends who expand my horizons.
  • But above all I am thankful for God's goodness to me
And tonight I am thankful that I have done most of my Saturday chores and now I am off to add some more blue crosses to my needlework and to give the Hardanger Angel some hair..   Photos tomorrow I promise.


  1. Well said Margaret. Have a good weekend.

  2. Lovely post, Margaret. Happy stitching.

  3. Great things to be thankful for--I avoid Black Fridat like the plague

  4. That's a nice list. It's a good idea to count your blessings sometimes.
    I guess the US is quite unique in that the majority of their white founders chose to move there to start a new life. I am not sure about the origins of white people in New Zealand? It wasn't a penal colony like Australia?

  5. I, too, have much to be thankful for.

  6. We can always compare ourselves with people less fortunate than us and the list is done. Too often, though, we compare enviously with people who have more than we have.