Days of Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is an important public holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.”

So it is written in Wikipedia. And so shall it be known. Like many traditions Thanksgiving has evolved so that it is celebrated in many homes in many ways. Some families watch football, others take walks and others bicker. Everyone eats. Some do all of the above and much more. Whatever unique tradition you bring to the holiday, it seems pretty much everyone acknowledges that it is a day to give some kind of thanks. Some people thank God, others family and friends. One year, in my budding adolescence, I was given the honor of saying something before we ate. I am not sure everyone was thankful for what, I said.

I was nervous and honored, happy for the recognition and spotlight, but also concerned that my comments might not comfortably fit under the umbrella of past offerings. I don’t think I veered too far out of bounds and when the moment passed and my words were spoken, I suddenly realized there was something else I was thankful for. I was thankful to be done. I don't think I was the only one at the table that felt that way. Being the focus of attention can be pleasurable, but when things settle down there is a wave of relief that is pretty pleasant too, although some of the looks I got were not all that pleasing. I think I may have gone off track when I thanked Marcy Rafferty for letting me kiss her in an empty classroom.

Whatever you are thankful for this day I would hope you would include some thanks that this is not the only day of thanks. It is good to hear those thanks year round. Very few people think they get too much gratitude and appreciation. I encourage you to thank yourself for all you do and take some moments throughout the day to be thankful to others for what they do to make your life better.

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