Tina, thank you so much for this message, very nice and thoughtful!
May I join you in wishing all Americans on the OC. net happy Thanksgiving. All best to all of you!
In my native Ukraine, we do not have a holiday similar to Thanksgiving. In villages, older people sometimes celebrate an "Obzhynky" festival, in mid- to late October, somewhat similar to the German "Oktoberfest." But there is absolutely no tradition of gathering in families with the special purpose to give thanks to the Lord and to each other for good things that have happened to us. Actually, compared to Americans, Ukrainians on the whole are much less inclined to think that any good things ever happened or happen or will happen to them. Our culture is much more pessimistic, complaining, cynical.
Even though we have already lived in the US for 17.5 eyars, my wife and I still haven't quite learnt to celebrate this holiday. But we do wish all best to all who celebrate.