I was wondering how Thanksgiving in America got started and when it became a Holiday. Just a Brief history lesson!
Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. In 1621 the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony set aside a day of Thanksgiving to God. It was a harvest festival.
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders up until 1682, and then by church and state leaders until the American Revolution, according to Wikipedia. Thus Thanksgiving has historical roots in both religious and cultural traditions.
Through the years after the Revolution, Presidents from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving proclamations with Lincoln, in 1864, turning it into a Federal holiday on the last Thursday of November. Finally, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday of November to make more time for Christmas shopping. Continue reading
Today is the day before our national Thanksgiving holiday. The day has a long history starting with the early Pilgrims who braved dangerous seas to arrive in a new land. They came to escape the religious persecutions of their home in England. In coming to what is now known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, they realized they had made a mistake for they were really bound for Virginia. It was too late in the Fall season to doing anything else but try to survive the coming Winter where they landed. Over the years, the Pilgrims survived brutal Winters and ongoing war with the native people called Wampanoag. After being nearly wiped out by Western diseases and war with European immigrants, these native people are back in the news. Why? It’s Thanksgiving Season and descendants of the Wampanoags are bringing back their own language by teaching it in schools. Continue reading
I can remember having a manual typewriter like the one pictured here below. It was great to have a portable model. I took it to college and typed many term papers using this old technology. It had a stiff “keyboard” and my fingers would ache after a short while from “punching” the keys down so it would strike the ribbon and paper hard enough to leave an inked impression on the paper. If I made a mistake, I had to correct it very carefully. You either had a bottle of white, correction fluid, or a ribbon with one half inked and the other half with correction powder. By shifting a special key, you could type a “correction” on top of the erroneous letter followed by retyping in the same spot with the correct letter. Or, you could dab some correction fluid on the offending letter, let it dry and then type the correct letter over it. Either way it was messy, not always perfect and slow. Continue reading
Psalm 95:2 “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (ESV)
When we go to church, worship service, Sunday School Class, Bible Study, how are we doing? How are we feeling? Happy, sad, tired, joyful.
Our attitude toward God should be one of being thankful. We have an awesome God and we need to show our respect and our awe to Him. He has done so much for us. He loves us. He forgives us. He helps us. He comforts us. He leads us. Oh how blessed we are.
Be joyful. Count our blessings. We should be thankful for ALL He has done for us. Start each day with a thankful heart. Be thankful for God Himself and for what He does.
We have so much to be thankful for and what He has given us: our lives, our spouse (keep him or her humble!) our children, our homes, our health (even though we are getting older), our friends, our family, and for things we can share with others.
If a person complains a lot, it is hard to be around that person, isn’t it? If we learn to be thankful, that is a great way to start the day! So let’s do that!
We can be thankful for all things.