Thanksgiving is Not What You Think!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday filled with full and thankful hearts. It is family and tradition. There are practically no signs of this celebration in the shops, for which I am grateful for.
It is a shame, though, that our schools do not teach our children the true reason that we have a day set aside to celebrate Thanksgiving. Sure, the Pilgrims’ first feast is a tradition which plays a role in the big meal of the day, but it is not the reason we have a Thanksgiving holiday.
Read the following excerpts from the three proclamations of our forefathers who declared that there be a day set aside for “thanksgiving:”
The first Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation of October, 1782:
“Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of Thursday the twenty-eight day of November next, as a day of solemn thanksgiving to God for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to God for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.”
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789
“to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks”
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
Each of these proclamations was made in times of war and unrest. Times of distress made our country pull together in rememberance of why we would give our life to live in this country. We were thankful that God had his hand on our shoulder as a people and government.
We are in times of distress today. We are at war abroad and we have economical and political strife in the states. Are we thankful for what we have or have we become spoiled?
Traditions are important, and Thanksgiving is probably full of more traditions shared across our great country more than any other holiday. I love the traditions. But, let's not let any of them overshadow the reason for Thanksgiving...


Anonymous said...

So true. I love thanksgiving because it is a day for God and family and not spending money or stressing out! Thank you for your blog.

Sandy said...

Your blog is always uplifting. I love your painting! Have a happy thanksgiving and God bless you.

Debbie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Nancy. Keep up the makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

THANKS for the reminders Nancy! You help me to remember to give thanks for all the blessings we have. You also make me smile and that is a blessing by itself.

I also love your illustrations, another reason to smile.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, too. I love that it is not commercialized. ps...I enjoy reading your blog, especially the ones with craft and decorating ideas.