Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day

In 1953, Thanksgiving Day was sandwiched between "Thanet, Octave" and "Thaumatrope" in the encyclopedia.


In 2013, Thanksgiving Day is sandwiched between "working late" and "Black Friday".

In 1621 the corn harvest brought rejoicing and Governor William Bradford decreed that December 13, 1621, be set aside as a day of feasting and prayer, to show the gratitude of the colonists that they were still alive.

In 2013, people argue over ham vs turkey and white potatoes vs sweet potatoes, between watching a parade and watching sports.

Many days were spent preparing that first feast and 80 guests arrived with gifts. Tables were set up outdoors and all the people sat around them like one large family. Prayers, sermons, and songs of praise were an important part of the celebration. This splendid feast lasted three days.

In 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation to set aside the last Thursday of November of that year "as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father." He issued a similar proclamation in 1864. Four seventy-five years, the Presidents of the United States did the same thing. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the day to a week earlier. Congress stepped in, and ruled that the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day beginning in 1941.

"In the United States, Thanksgiving is usually a family day, celebrated with big dinners and joyous reunions. Many persons travel hundreds of miles to spend the day with their parents. The very mention of Thanksgiving often calls up memories of old farmhouse kitchens and pantries crowded with good things to eat. Thanksgiving is also a time for serious religious thinking, church services, and personal prayer."

Now you know what Thanksgiving Day was like 392 years ago, how our nation started celebrating Thanksgiving Day 150 years ago, and what Thanksgiving Day looked like 60 years ago.

It's a lot more important than potatoes and parades, or a day off before a big sale.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Blessings,
Kathy

16 comments:

  1. When I was a little one, every third Thanksgiving was spent in an old, stone farmhouse. The foundation of the barn was of stone and the area directly behind the barn was defined by a huge stone wall. The house was three stories with a stairway leading up from the kitchen and one from the den. Some of the rooms were connected by openings in closets. There was "Boya" the beagle, "Whoppa" the great pyrenees, and one horse. Kathy, thanks for stirring some warm & pleasant memories.

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    1. Awwww! Thanks for sharing your warm memories, Jane!

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  2. Wonderful blog Kathy--you are so right, our priorities are way off center these days. It all seems to be centered on a frenzy of buying, buying, buying on the famous but ugly Black Friday--I sometimes wonder, is it just me? Love your blogs,

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! Nope, it's not just you! It's hard to keep our priorities on target - hard, but not impossible. =)

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  3. I hadn't known about the date change until Wednesday! Now I've heard about it twice. Funny how things happen that way. I'm glad no one in my family watches sports on a Thanksgiving. I think it makes the day much nicer to not have loud sports games going on.

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    1. That's funny! I agree - no sports out here either. Usually when our family gathers there will be different rooms for the game watchers and the chatters - that way everyone can have their version of fun.

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  4. You expressed it wonderfully! For 3 years, every November,I taught about Thanksgiving in my Wednesday night children's class at church and the children were amazed! They don't teach it in school anymore, I guess?? Sad. As for Black Friday, it epitomizes how our culture here in America has deteriorated. Very sad.

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    1. Thank you!
      Nope, they don't teach a lot of the historical facts that we learned. Revisionist history is very popular.
      Yep - no promotion of Black Friday or shopping that day for me. It is very sad, indeed.

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  5. I remember Thanksgiving at our farm house. There were so many great-aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents --- we filled the dining room table 3 times. First, the men would eat, and the "big girls" would wash their dishes when the men left to watch football on a black and white TV -- only one channel, so there was no channel surfing -- and no remote control. Then the women ate. Then, FINALLY, the kids got to eat -- and then wash MORE dishes. But many hands made light work.

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    1. What beautiful memories! In order for all of us to eat at one table, we used a ping pong table! LOL Then, eventually, the adults had one table and the kids had another. And, yes - lots of preparation and clean up - but many hands do make light work! Beautiful comment - thank you!

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  6. Making me very hungry lol

    I love turkey, we do turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas and Ham for New Years!

    And always white potatoes. I have had sweet potatoes once and they are good but nothing beats normal potatoes for me!

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    1. We used to have really large dinners when I was young - and lots of leftovers, too! Those big family gatherings were really fun.

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