Imagine, the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies lasted 3 days! Today in America we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving has a long history. President George Washington made a day of thanks. President Abraham Lincoln issued a Federal proclamation in 1863 making Thanksgiving an annual Holiday, and Federal Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1941, marking the last Thursday of November, and later the 4th Thursday of November, as a fixed date for the National Holiday.
Long ago in 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe prompted by a good harvest, shared a meal of roasted meat, cranberries, corn and shellfish. They played games and sang songs. Today we still gather to share a feast of food with our family and friends. The games are different though – today many people turn on their TV and watch football! The early settlers gave thanks for their bountiful harvest, and they gave thanks for the rain after a long 2-month drought. They gave thanks for their gifts, as we do today.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite Holidays. I have always savored the thought of the traditional foods and the abundance on our tables and in our lives. I love celebrating with loved ones and going around the table sharing our gratitude for all we have and for each other; it fills my heart with goodness and warmth. Not everyone has enough though, and each year I am reminded how fortunate I am to be able to share our bounty with those in need.
When you think of Thanksgiving do you see pumpkins, or Pilgrims, or a cornucopia filled with fruits, flowers, and vegetables, or fruit pies, or an annual Thanksgiving Day parade? What are you grateful for?
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the Kimble Family and their employees.