It’s almost Thanksgiving time, friends! Can you believe it, just a few days and the holiday season is among us. I am eternally thankful and grateful for all of my family and friends. Life definitely would NOT be life without each and every one of you.
Did you know, Thanksgiving became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the 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 Thursday, November 26. As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and 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 it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) 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.
… and now you know. Don’t you feel smarter already? Take that newly earned knowledge and dazzle your gluttonous dinner guests!
Happy Holidays to you and yours! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!