A strange year but lots of reasons to be thankful

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2020 is not your average year, this Thanksgiving will be a special edition if only for the fact that we appreciate our health and welfare so much more after living the past 11 months. Aruba Today likes to give you the opportunity to express your gratitude to your blessings by writing a personal message or quote about this year. Maybe you wish to say thank you to a special person in your life or you would like to express your gratitude to hospital staff or your favorite waiter in your Aruba hotel. It is up to you! Just write us and send us a picture together with your message. We will publish it in our edition on Thanksgiving Day, November 26nd.

Please email by latest Tuesday November 24th to: news@arubatoday.com. Thank you for supporting our free newspaper, we strive to make you a happy reader every day.

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What is Thanksgiving about?

Thanksgiving 2020 is on Thursday November 26th, the day before Black Friday. Thanksgiving Day traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941. FDR changed it from Abraham Lincoln’s designation as the last Thursday in November (because there are sometimes five Thursdays in the month).

Many Americans think it of it as just as important as Christmas. In fact, more people in the US celebrate Thanksgiving than they do Christmas. Thanksgiving Day is a secular holiday in a country that officially separates church and state so this probably makes sense. Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1621 where refugees from England, known as Pilgrims, invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after they experienced a successful season of produce growth. But it wasn’t just the economic drive that allowed the Pilgrims to prosper. It was their devotion to God and His laws. And that’s what Thanksgiving is really all about. The Pilgrims recognized that everything we have is a gift from God – even our sorrows. Their Thanksgiving tradition was established to honor God and thank Him for His blessings and His grace.