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Let us give thanks

I'VE never been one for Halloween. But there's one American tradition I'm very keen to adopt. Just a few days ago millions of Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by sitting down to a feast of roast turkey and spending time with their loved ones.

I really wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here. It would serve as such an important reminder that we have so much to be grateful for in Australia. When there's been so much tragedy happening overseas, it's good to take stock of our peaceful nation and all we have.

We don't live in a horrifying war zone like Aleppo. We're not starving like the people of Haiti, Zambia or Namibia. It doesn't mean life is not a daily struggle for many Australians but we still have so much to be thankful for.

So I'm intent on adopting Thanksgiving here in my own little home. We may not sit down to a giant turkey and pumpkin pie. We'll probably choose a simpler meal (so I can be thankful I don't have a mountain of dishes to do afterwards) but it will be something we all enjoy, and we'll be with the people we love.

We'll eat and laugh and reflect and share with each other all the things we are thankful for, and we'll go to bed that night with gratitude in our hearts.

Jen Gourley


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