Thanksgiving is loaded with historical trivia, delectable treats and holiday tradition. May this day be filled with fun, food and fellowship overflowing with voices of thankfulness and gratitude.
|The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth|
by Jennie A. Brownscombe. (1914)
A mythologized painting showing
Plymouth settlers feasting with Plains Indians.
Did you know...
- Turkey may not have been the main meat that filled the guests' bellies at the first feast?
- George Washington declared Thanksgiving to be a February holiday?
- Fledgling colonists lacked butter and wheat flour for baking, thus no pumpkin pie?
- Whether mashed or roasted, white or sweet, potatoes had no place at the first Thanksgiving?
- While cranberries were plentiful, in wasn't until 50 years later that sauces and relishes were made with the tart orbs?
"Although Thanksgiving celebrations dated back to the first European settlements in America, it was not until the 1860s that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a national holiday" (History of Thanksgiving. (2012). The History Channel website. Retrieved 9:52, November 20, 2012, from http://www.history.comhttp://www.history.com/videos/history-of-the-thanksgiving-holiday.)
Some believe to this day
Empower the Present...
Two Sides of Thanksgiving
Family and friends prepare favorite recipes
Bringing various homemade dishes to explore.
Glutons for punishment, a natural instinct,
Led us back for more and more.
Thirst quenched and bellies stuffed to the gills,
Rocking chair conversation not too deep.
Is it the rocking motion or the turkey
That finally puts us all to sleep?
A cornucopia of thoughtfulness and gratitude,
More blessings than anyone could ask
Comes with all the trimmings this day equips.
Granting praise for all the gifts of the year.
A candle is lit and with prayerful hands
The try meaning of Thanksgiving is clear!
Sharla Lee Shults
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING BE FILLED WITH MANY BLESSINGS!
Enrich the Future...
This day is a day of celebration not only for the blessings of today but for blessings to be extended into tomorrow's tomorrows. Take a moment to count your blessings but most importantly ask yourself how you can bless someone else. Perhaps something as simple as a smile could brighten someone's day. Whatever it is, take the time to bring blessings into the world around you, one moment, one day, one person at a time. The future is in your hands!