I am sitting with my daughter and we are enjoying a cup of peppermint tea, chatting about Thanksgiving.
Gabrielle and I are talking about the history of Thanksgiving and what it means. We often get caught up in the festivities of the holiday. We give thanks for family and friends, but more importantly we ought to give thanks to God for the blessings of this life. If I had to put things in order, it would be God, Family/Friends, and Job. As we embark on the joy of the holidays and the end of the year, it is a good time to recommit to what putting God first really means. For me, I commit to enhancing my spiritual study in addition to going to church.
The dictionary describes Thanksgiving as the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of the benefits especially to God.
Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 with the first celebration in the colonies with the sharing of a harvest feast between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. This tradition continued, however it wasn’t until 1863, during Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day. It is held on the 4th Thursday in November. In 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving Day official. The traditional meal of the day is Turkey.