On Thanksgiving we remember
In the middle of November
The blessings of our loving Lord
Upon us are abundantly poured.
That’s all I remember from a Thanksgiving poem I wrote in junior high or high school. I loved writing poetry, especially free verse. However, I knew it was a hobby not a business. I still miss those days when poetry helped me focus on a particular event.
It is important to remember our Thanksgiving history. It didn’t just start with George Washington issuing a Thanksgiving proclamation, but with the Pilgrims, who sailed to America for the freedoms they so desired, and most importantly to worship as they saw fit, not pressured by the government. After one of the harshest winters where they lost over half their group to scurvy, they invited their Indian neighbors and had a three-day feast to remember all God had done in bringing them through that winter.
Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving a month earlier than we do, but North America is about the only continent that celebrates this holiday. That doesn’t mean that we can’t take any day to be thankful for our blessings.
Some Fun Facts:
New York became first state to adopt a Thanksgiving celebration in 1817.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. Oh and btw, they didn’t have turkey. They had lobster, seal, and swan for dinner! Gross, right? Such were the times… Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought.
During the Civil War, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday every November on the last Thursday.
It remained that way until FDR moved it to the third Thursday in November to “beef up” sales during the Great Depression. Hmm, maybe that’s where we got the idea for Black Friday! However, in 1941, he relented and made it officially the fourth Thursday in November. And so it stands.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t forget the true meaning of the holiday and enjoy time with your loved ones and friends.
Thanks for being a faithful reader and listener…
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