Today, here in the United States, is one of our few secular holidays that all our citizens enjoy – Thanksgiving. Today, we give thanks for all we have and celebrate with family and friends. It’s a fantastic holiday, which traces its roots back to the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. In 1621, the governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts William Bradford decided to have a feast to celebrate a successful corn harvest. He invited the local Wampanog Indians for a three day celebration that today is considered the first Thanksgiving.
Over the years, many other colonies and states adopted a day of thanksgiving and in 1789, George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving by the national government. But, it wasn’t until 1863 and President Abraham Lincoln that Thanksgiving became an official national holiday. He declared it to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and continued that way until 1939. It was in that year that Theodore D. Roosevelt moved up Thanksgiving one week to try to assist the economy during the Great Depression, giving people more time to do their holiday shopping. There was such a backlash over this though, that in 1941 he moved it back to the fourth Thursday in November, when we celebrate it today.
So on this day of Thanksgiving, I would like to share what I’m thankful for.
I may have missed some people and for that, I apologize. Thank you to all my friends and family who have been caring and loving and supporting this year and every year. I am truly blessed.