It’s more than turkey.

A big Thanksgiving meal – turkey and gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie or any variation you like – is a blessing all by itself.

The gathering of friends and family – those precious grandparent-grandchild moments, the brief reconnections with loved ones after miles and hours of travel – is a blessing as well.

The hands that serve the meal – after hours of planning, after shopping in grocery stores that are themselves testaments to America’s material abundance, after hours in the kitchen – are a blessing.

The solemn prayer – hands clasped around the table, squirmy youngsters aching to dig in, the quiet moment of humble reflection and thanks – is a blessing.

The game on TV, tossing a football in the backyard, a rowdy game of Scrabble or Monopoly, a quiet nap – all are the blessings of a day off work, a day to celebrate a uniquely American holiday.

In good times and bad, Americans live better than most around the world, and we must guard against taking that for granted. We also enjoy freedoms – chiefly the right to live as we choose – that many can only dream of, and we shouldn’t take that for granted either. Take a moment today to reflect on what America has given you.