Thanksgiving in America reminds me of Harvest Sunday in Barbados. I can still remember the planters and small-holders bringing the best of the crops. I can see the tall bundles of sugar cane next to the altar … the huge yams …

Here in America, we are losing that close relationship with the soil, but yet we have so much to be thankful for. It is most reassuring to see the Christian underpinnings of this country assert themselves in this religious holiday. It is very pleasing to note that a people who have much, still have the humility to give thanks to God for what they have. Giving thanks makes us even more appreciative of our blessings.

America is a big country and families tend to be fragmented, yet on this holiday family reunification is the norm. Airports are busiest at this time:  New Yorkers head west to see siblings in Los Angeles, and Alaskans escape the cold as they visit retired parents in sunny South Florida.

Most Americans do not get long vacations, but for many this is a four day weekend. This is a welcome break in a hectic life.

Fast food is a staple of the American workforce, but this holiday is a weekend of culinary indulgence - families and friends get together to create the traditional spread from scratch, including turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, cornbread, green beans and pumpkin pie.

Enjoy your feast, enjoy your family, and give thanks for your blessings.