Best Thanksgiving Stories That Will Show You How To Live Life To The Fullest
The Real Stories of Thanksgiving For Kids & Students: Thanksgiving is celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada to say thanks and recognize the sacrifices and blessings of the past year. The annual celebrations honor the first Thanksgiving feast shared between the colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts, later known as the Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag Indians. But why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? What is the importance of Thanksgiving in our life?
Because Thankfulness is the highest expression of our hope and trust in God. It is a sure sign that a person has a true and vital relationship with God. When we are thankful, our focus is on the good in our lives, the things we view as blessings. We reach our goals faster. Thankfulness increases feelings of happiness and well-being. It reduces negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger and increases positive emotions such as love and empathy.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of sharing and abundance. It is not just a holiday, it’s a daily spiritual practice that deepens our relationship with God and other living beings. Thanksgiving brings total deliverance from all your troubles. Today we are going to share some inspiring stories that will show you how the divine virtues of gratitude and thankfulness can transform your life in a miraculous way.
1. Queen Victoria of England And An Insect: A Thanksgiving Story
The special train carrying Queen Victoria was moving towards London at its terrific speed piercing through the dense fog in the night. Suddenly the driver of the train observed a gigantic figure standing on the track moving its hands and feet. It was seen running on the rails before the train. The train was stopped. A search was made for the figure but it could not be traced.
With great hesitation, the train moved further. It was discovered that just about 200 yards ahead, the bridge over the river was breached. Had the train been moving at its full speed, it would have surely fallen into the river and all its inmates including the Queen would have perished. The figure by its appearance on the rails caused the train to halt.
The Queen felt that this must have been some divine soul and she felt very grateful and thankful for its kindness. She was extremely anxious to meet this person to know his identity. The next day when the train reached its siding, it was discovered while cleaning it that a small insect got entangled in the headlight.
This insect while fluttering before the bulb caused its image, which resembled the figure, tossing on the rails. When this fact was brought to the notice of the Queen, she got that helping insect placed in the British Museum with great honor and gratefulness. It is still preserved there.
Moral of The Story: Such beneficent elements are diffused all around us, both inside and outside, rendering their unnoticed assistance to us. Had we been able to see and understand them, we would have realized that these helpers and well-wishers are in plenty.
2. Share And Celebrate: A Sweet Thanksgiving Story
Laura Skinner told on Quora what was the best Thanksgiving she has ever celebrated. It was 1988. My husband and I had just closed on our first house the day before Thanksgiving. We were busy moving things into the house. It was around 4 pm when one of our best friends, that lived a few blocks away, came to our house and made the case for us to go to his house for a bite to eat.
At that point, we were getting exhausted from going up 3 flights of stairs and bringing boxes down then into our car and once into our new old house up a flight or down a flight to the basement. We wanted to get the boxes all moved in before our friends and family come over the next day to help move the furniture.
When we went to our friend’s house I was amazed at the spread they had on their table. I did not realize how hungry I was until the most wonderful aromas assaulted my olfactory senses. After having our meal, we thanked our friend heartily for his hospitality. Without informing us, he did for us what we needed most at that time. I’ll never ever forget that wonderful feeling till the day I die.
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3. Let’s Forget Thanksgiving This Year: A Story By H. Gordon Green
In this story, H. Gordon Green tells how he grew up on a farm in Canada, where he and his siblings had to hurry home from school while the other children played ball and went swimming. Their father, however, had the capacity to help them understand that their work amounted to something. This was especially true after harvest time when the family celebrated Thanksgiving, for on that day their father gave them a great gift. He took an inventory of everything they had.
On Thanksgiving morning he would take them to the cellar with its barrels of apples, bins of beets, carrots packed in sand, and mountains of sacked potatoes as well as peas, corn, string beans, jellies, strawberries, and other preserves which filled their shelves. He had the children count everything carefully. Then they went out to the barn and figured how many tons of hay there were and how many bushels of grain were in the granary.
They counted the cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and geese. Their father said he wanted to see how they stood, but they knew he really wanted them to realize on that feast day how richly God had blessed them and had smiled upon all their hours of work. Finally, when they sat down to the feast their mother had prepared, the blessings were something they felt.
Gordon indicated, however, that the Thanksgiving he remembered most thankfully was the year they seemed to have nothing for which to be grateful. The year started off well: they had leftover hay, lots of seed, four litters of pigs, and their father had a little money set aside so that someday he could afford to buy a hay loader—a wonderful machine most farmers just dreamed of owning.
It was also the year that electricity came to their town—although not to them because they couldn’t afford it. One night when Gordon’s mother was doing her big wash, his father stepped in and took his turn over the washboard and asked his wife to rest and do her knitting. He said, “You spend more time doing the wash than sleeping. Do you think we should break down and get electricity?”
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Although elated at the prospect, she shed a tear or two as she thought of the hay loader that wouldn’t be bought. So the electrical line went up their lane that year. Although it was nothing fancy, they acquired a washing machine that worked all day by itself and brilliant lightbulbs that dangled from each ceiling. There were no more lamps to fill with oil, no more wicks to cut, and no more sooty chimneys to wash. The lamps went quietly off to the attic. The coming of electricity to their farm was almost the last good thing that happened to them that year.
Just as their crops were starting to come through the ground, the rains started. When the water finally receded, there wasn’t a plant left anywhere. They planted again, but more rains beat the crops into the earth. Their potatoes rotted in the mud. They sold a couple of cows and all the pigs and other livestock they had intended to keep, getting very low prices for them because everybody else had to do the same thing.
All they harvested that year was a patch of turnips which had somehow weathered the storms. Then it was Thanksgiving again. Their mother said, “Maybe we’d better forget it this year. We haven’t even got a goose left.” On Thanksgiving morning, however, Gordon’s father showed up with a jackrabbit and asked his wife to cook it. Grudgingly she started the job, indicating it would take a long time to cook that tough old thing.
When it was finally on the table with some of the turnips that had survived, the children refused to eat. Gordon’s mother cried, and then his father did a strange thing. He went up to the attic, got an oil lamp, took it back to the table, and lighted it. He told the children to turn out the electric lights. When there was only the lamp again, they could hardly believe that it had been that dark before. They wondered how they had ever seen anything without the bright lights made possible by electricity.
The food was blessed, and everyone ate. When dinner was over, they all sat quietly. Wrote Gordon: “In the humble dimness of the old lamp, we were beginning to see clearly again. … It was a lovely meal. The jackrabbit tasted like turkey and the turnips were the mildest we could recall. …Our home …, for all its want, was so rich to us.”
Source: “The Thanksgiving I Don’t Forget,” by H. Gordon Green, Reader’s Digest (November 1956)
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4. A Glass of Milk Paid In Full: A Story About Gratitude & Thankfulness
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left. The boy was very hungry but he had not enough money to buy the food. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept payment for an act of kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As the boy left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and humanity was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Many years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to a big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
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That poor boy had now become the renowned physician of the country. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her.
He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval.
He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:
“Paid in full with one glass of milk.
Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.”
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5. The Story of Thanksgiving: What Goes Around, Comes Around
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”
“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.
“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.
“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow into a man you can be proud of.”
And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
6. Thanksgiving Story: A Whale And Her Rescuers
A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighed down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line tugging in her mouth. This is her story of giving thanks.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her…. a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.
But they worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.
The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. The whale was free now and the rescuers also got busy with their jobs but that great deed left an immortal lesson for everyone –
Moral of The Story: No act of kindness ever goes wasted. We achieve the supreme level of happiness when we lose ourselves in the service of others.
Courtesy: Mike Schoultz