Greetings dear Humans! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is all about Thanksgiving. That time of year where you should give thanks for everything you have in abundance, or even just a bit of. Here in South Africa, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, however, from a feline’s point of view, I do believe that all of humankind should celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are safe and healthy and all your loved ones too, you should celebrate it. It doesn’t matter what country you are from, or what your religion is.
It’s not too difficult to find things to be thankful for. Just think of all your favorite things! Like:
1. Raindrops on roses – We should always be thankful for the rain. No matter where it falls. But it sure does look pretty on roses.
2. Whiskers on kittens – Let’s just be thankful for kittens in general. How dull the world would have been without us.
3. Bright copper kettles – If you have a bright copper kettle, it means you are able to feed yourself, your family and of course all your fury friends. Not everyone is as fortunate.
4. Warm woolen mittens – If you are fortunate enough to have warm woolen mittens, you are truly blessed. My Mommy doesn’t even have a pair of gloves. Maybe that’s because we don’t need it where we live. But if you do have an extra pair, or a nice pattern to knit a pair with – why not go and drop it at a shelter for those who are not as fortunate. While you’re at it, why not drop a blanket or two at your nearest animal shelter as well.
5. Brown paper packages tied up with strings – I think for everyone who wasn’t that much into online shopping before the Covid 19 outbreak, these brown paper packages are a real blessing. If they contain books, you are blessed beyond measure. Or do you also consider those packages as necessities?
(If by now, you know what song I’m using, I am skipping a few lines here and there)
6. Doorbells and sleigh bells – If your doorbell rings, it means your country is safe enough so that you can have friends and family over for visits. I think after the recent Covid Epidemic, we will never take that for granted again. Sleigh bells, neither me or my Mommy has ever seen snow. Never mind be on a sleigh. Is it as much fun as it sounds?
7. Schnitzel with noodles – Some people are thankful for a just a bit of chicken stock and a piece of bread. Some cats need to eat no-name brand cat food, or whatever they can dig from the dustbin. If you can gather around the Thanksgiving table this weekend and feed your cat a tin of Fancy Feast, please bow your head for just a second and say Thank You.
8. Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings – If you can wander outside into nature and appreciate all the wonders of creation, you are so fortunate. You don’t need to have pretty decorations or a fake Christmas tree to stand in awe. Just go stand outside and watch the sun or the moon rise above the treetops. Now isn’t that a beautiful picture? But I sure am excited for that fake tree and the pretty decorations that are being put up as soon as school closes.
9. Silver white winters – “And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time. The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life.” Oh what my Mommy will give to just have one Silver White Christmas. Yes, it’s wonderful to have Christmas under the African sun. But there is just something magical about a silver white Christmas. If you get to experience that, think of those who would love a bit of that magic.
10. That melts into Spring – It’s Spring time in Africa. New life is blossoming all around us and the rain has come. Spring brings hope for a better future. May you never forget the power of hope. Cling to it with all your might. Like a kitten clinging to a Christmas tree just before it topples over.
May you all have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Lots of Love and Blessings,
This is such a sweet and creative post and list of things to be thankful for. 🙂 Well done. Thanks so much for visiting my website last week. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving day… even if it wasn’t to celebrate the holiday.
So very in love with your list.. and now the song is playing in my head.. 🙂
Here is my TTT
Thank you so much for your lovely words! That song gets stuck in my mind so often, but I still love it!
I love your list. I haven’t watched that movie in years, I need to see where I can watch it because I don’t own a copy.
I’m sure you will be able to stream it somewhere. Yes! I love it too. When I was a kid, we used to watch it every Christmas. Good memories.
Love this post so much! I love the rain and I love Spring. I always feel like it’s a refresh and a new start. More so than New Years… haha. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!
That is actually very true. Spring does feel more like a new beginning than new year. Let’s just change the dates!
So sorry for the late reply. I hope you are doing well!
Love the creativity in this post! Now this song is going to be stuck in my head all day. It might be awesome to have Christmas during the summer. I remember getting rollerblades for Christmas one year when I was a kid. I couldn’t use them because there were several feet of snow outside. My parents had to let my sister and I rollerblade in the basement because it had a concrete floor. 🙂
Christmas in the summer comes with its own perks yes. Most South Africans are on the beaches or camping and over Christmas Times and you get that lovely summery vibes.
Love the rollerblades story!! LOL!!
Mareli and Elza, you have outdone yourselves with this fantastic post. You’ve reminded me of a lovely song in addition to evoking in me a sense of gratitude for all the good things in my life, even the small ones. Thank you so much!
It took me days to start replying to comments. Next year, I am going to work on a schedule and stick to it no matter what.
I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed our post. That is a lovely song form a lovely movie. I can never get tired of it!
I hope your week was good and that you will have a great week to look forward to.
Such a creative idea for a post! I live in the UK, and honestly, we don’t tend to get White Christmases either, our snow tends to come later, like January/February time.
Thank you Jo!
My husband worked in England for two years and he also said that I mustn’t plan on an England trip and expect a White Christmas. But I still want to visit England!
Oh, this gave me a good laugh! How clever 🙂 Great post!
Thanks so much Dini!
I think we’ve had maybe 2 White Christmases in my lifetime and I’m convinced they’re quite overrated. Though to be fair I’m not a fan of snow! Love your take on this topic and I’ll be singing this song for the next week!
I’ll settle for sitting inside with a warm blanket and a coco and just watching the snow fall outside…!!
I love that song and will sing it as much as I can!
I love this!!! And now I’ll have that song in my head for the rest of the day.
Glad you’ve enjoyed our post, it was fun putting it together. I sing that song way too often for someone in her mid forties! It always makes me feel happy and hopeful. So there must be good things about it!
Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late reply!
What a beautiful post you’ve written this week! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is thinking about all the things that I’m grateful for, and there’s so many things! It’s so easy to get caught up in our stress and worries, and it’s wonderful to have a reminder to recenter. Personally, I’m really grateful for the bookish community I’ve found and become connected to, the wonderful people in my life, and my chihuahuas, although they aren’t cats, they don’t set off my cat allergy, so they’ll have to suffice!
Hi there Leah!
Aah thank you so much for your lovely words! You are always welcome to visit us here and feast your heart on Elza. No allergies included.
Yes, we all have so many things to be grateful for. Even the unexpected blessings goes a long way. It’s time for reflection and appreciation . And I couldn’t agree more, this blogging community is something I am also very grateful for indeed.
I hope you will have a wonderful and blessed weekend!
Oh, I love this! You make some very good points. It’s really about the little things, isn’t it?
Having only fur babies in the house, yes – you definitely learn to appreciate the little things more than anything else!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will have a wonderful weekend.
THIS POST WAS GENIUS! That’s all I am going to say because it encompasses it all, really. So fantastic! It made me want to watch TSOM.
Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. It was fun to write this. I am definitely watching The Sound of Music again this Festive Season.
Hope you will have a wonderful weekend!
Wonderful idea for a post today! Kittens are definitely one to feel grateful for 😊
Thank you Louise!
Yes, kittens are worth all the thankfulness.
Have a wonderful thanksgiving!
Raindrops on roses are indeed beautiful (I love when the water droplets are still on the trees after a hard rain), and I love sleigh bells too. they have such a unique sound, right?
#9 got my attention because I was just out and we have a blue sunny day but there’s a little bit of snow still around, and it totally sounds like the silver winter you’re talking about. I wish I could send you an image. 🙂
Luckily for you I have a really good imagination and can picture your silver white winter perfectly.
Glad you enjoyed our post, it was fun to put it all together!
Aww you have the best list! These are all so beautiful and definitely agree we should be grateful for them all.
Thank you Lindsey!
I love this so much!! Sound of Music is one of my favorites! I’ve to the Musical two times when I was in my teens. So this post made my day!
I’m thankful for my kids, husband and my mom. They mean the world to me and I’m so grateful to have them with me! Esspecially these last few weeks, I’ve realised that nothing is as important as them.
I also love The Sound of Music and I’m quite sure I can verbatim whole scenes from it! We used to watch it every Christmas. But not for the last couple of years. I think this year will time again.
I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.
You outdid yourself! This is an amazingly creative post, thoughtful and thought provoking at the same time. And every single one is a good reminder of things we have to be thankful for – now I’ll just hum that song to myself and feel grateful. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving (in all permutations).
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
Hi there Terrie!
Thank you so much! I love the idea of Thanksgiving, although we don’t celebrate it. Just my way of taking part.
I love this post! It’s just wonderfully perfect!
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
Thank you Pam!
What a fun and creative way to approach the topic this week! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
Thank you Poinsettia!
#6 Sleigh bells! Yes, reminds me of the Polar Express. Your list is great, very thoughtful. 🙂
Mysteries by Moonlight
Thank you Luna! Glad you enjoyed it!
I couldn’t agree with this list more. 🙂
Thank you Lydia!
A beautiful post!
We don’t have thanksgiving here in the UK.
I actually wore gloves yesterday because it was raining and windy so it was turning my hands red without them. Also because it was windy I couldn’t have my unbrella up so I got very wet collecting my son from school!
I saw snow a couple of years ago. It is magical, but we are seeing it less and less. It does make travel and getting out difficult so it is a double edged sword!
Have a great week!
I can’t actually think that it’s cold there with you guys. But we had a cold winter, so I am very grateful for summer.
I saw snow in Japan about 10 years ago, but it was a couple of days old already. The white stuff falling, nope – never saw it. One day!
Hope you will have a good week too!
Love this creative post 🙂