Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Jamaica, but that doesn’t mean we’re not aware of the holiday. American celebrations have gradually crept into Jamaica’s culture. Some people have Halloween parties and I know that the American community here will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I’ve also been hearing ads for Black Friday sales.
I like the idea of Thanksgiving, which gives people time to pause and think about all the wonderful things they enjoy and for which they should be grateful. We Jamaicans have quite a few public holidays on our calendar, but if we had Thanksgiving in addition, that would be one day of celebration I would support wholeheartedly.
To my acquaintances, friends and family in the United States, I say be safe and enjoy the time with your family and friends. To those who are alone, continue to give thanks for all your benefits and blessings.
I’m taking advantage of Black Friday from Thursday and invite you to check out these books, if you haven’t already. At a dollar a piece, they’re a steal.