Today We Say Thank You

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Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in theĀ United StatesĀ andĀ CanadaĀ celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvestĀ feastĀ shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) ofĀ PlymouthĀ and theĀ Wampanoag people.

Thanksgiving 2020 is on Thursday November 26th, the day beforeĀ Black Friday.Ā Thanksgiving Day traditionally kicks off the ā€˜holiday seasonā€™ 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 Lincolnā€™s designation as the last Thursday in November (because there are sometimes five Thursdays in the month).

The AmericanĀ holidayĀ is particularly rich inĀ legendĀ and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includesĀ turkey, bread stuffing,Ā potatoes,Ā cranberries, andĀ pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular travel, the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another.

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 wasnā€™t just the economic drive that allowed the Pilgrims to prosper. It was their devotion to God and His laws. And thatā€™s what Thanksgiving is really all about. The Pilgrims recognized that everything we have is a gift from God ā€“ even our sorrows. Their Thanksgiving tradition was established to honor God and thank Him for His blessings and His grace.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!