Happy Thanksgiving Day America!
By de Andréa
November 27, 2014
November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.
A little history…
Although George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. Thanksgiving Day has been an annual official’ holiday in the United States since 1863.
Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970 for example, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of year.
Personally, I can understand why the Native Americans might see the American Thanksgiving day celebration as a day of mourning for their people. Because it also may represent the end and destruction of their heritage, traditions and simple basic way of life. After all this country once represented their own freedom and liberty, simplistic as it may have been.
But it is not really the end of something or even the beginning of something as much as it was thanks to God for the bounty that He blessed those early settlers with and that they enjoyed sharing with the local indigenes people.
And then, there are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony.
But most people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was not until 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings also took the form of a special church service, and not just a feast.
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become an annual event. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year.
I hope your Thanksgiving Day is a day of celebration for God’s love and blessings on this country. May your’ day be full of joy and peace.
Pray that God will be merciful and restore the foundation of this country to what it once was. A God centered Nation, founded on His moral Biblical principles…
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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