‘We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

The thought of ‘Thanksgiving’ brings a warm glow, it sounds like a wonderful time to gather together to celebrate and acknowledge all your gifts. Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in  Australia, Christmas creates a similar feeling. It is when all the family gathers together. It is a time to celebrate, a time to reflect and just to enjoy.

So why the chicken? When I was a child most families had chickens in their backyards.  A lot of time was spend looking after the chickens and tending the vegetable garden. We as children we were very aware of where our food came from and shared in tending to the gardens and chickens. As Christmas time was consider to be such a special time, one of the chickens would lose its head to provide a very delicious dinner. My father would pick which chicken it would be and then he did the act with an axe and a block. It is a very strong memory, not an unpleasant one but just a reality of life.



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