As we approach the holidays, we enter into the season of the year where we focus on celebrating many time-honored traditions. Throughout the centuries, traditions and customs have continually shaped cultures and civilizations. These traditions bring people together which bond  and affirm the lives of all that participate in the ways laid down by their forbearers.

Some of these traditions have changed in the way they are celebrated in order to adapt to the current times. Others have steadfastly remained unchanged over the centuries. I’ve often thought about how traditions are important to us and why they continue to enrich our lives.

Thanksgiving is just one of the traditions so unique to the American experience. Although it is traditionally a holiday gathering marked by the serving of a turkey dinner. It has come over the years, to also include an afternoon of watching football and socializing with relatives and friends during the celebratory gathering. Indeed, even the traditional Thanksgiving “bird” has been substituted and all types of fare have been added, so that the Thanksgiving meal is now much different from the original one the Pilgrims had at the first Thanksgiving.

However, no matter how we celebrate Thanksgiving, the basic meaning behind the tradition remains with us: It is a time to reflect and celebrate on all that we have to be thankful for in this country.

As we gather with our loved ones to reflect on all the blessings we have to be thankful for, please keep in mind those that are less fortunate who would appreciate the benefits we sometimes take for granted. We would be happy to invite them to join us at Seabury at Springvale Terrace as we celebrate this season by participating in the traditions we hold dear and share during this special time of year.

Mark Sargent is the Marketing Director at Seabury at Springvale Terrace.  Springvale Terrace offers independent and assisted living opportunities for seniors.  The community is just blocks away from downtown Silver Spring.  If you would like to visit Springvale, contact Mark at (301) 587-0190.


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