From our house to yours . . . Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know?   (Source:  Wikipedia Thanksgiving)

  • In 1621, the Pilgrims with the help of Indians, survived their first bitter winter in America and yielded a bountiful harvest. They celebrated with three days of “thanksgiving” observance.
  • On November 26, 1789, President Washington proclaimed a nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.
  • In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be celebrated by all states on the same day, the last Thursday in November, to foster unity across the North and the South.
  • In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday in November.

Historically, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a celebration of blessings of a bountiful harvest. Over the years, the holiday traditions have changed and been updated.  Of late, Thanksgiving Day is just another day off wedged between Halloween and Christmas.  I suspect if Jesse Watters did an interview for FOX’s “Watters World”, most people would probably say it’s “the day before Black Friday”.

In our house, Thanksgiving is still its own, special day.  We are fortunate to be able to spend another year with family and friends, celebrate and enjoy our blessings and share our bounty and blessings with others.

So, here’s to enjoying turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, Le Seur peas, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, football, naps, left-overs and wishing we hadn’t eaten that last bite!

But, most of all, Bea Positive, Bea Thankful and Bea Blessed!

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