whats behind this THANKS-giving?

i know we all learned this (or should have) at some point in time in school… what is the real meaning behind Thanksgiving?

in the early fall of 1621, the 53 surviving pilgrims and many native Americans celebrated their successful harvest, as this was the English custom. this day is remembered as The First Thanksgiving, however, in Plymouth, Pilgrims did not call this harvest festival Thanksgiving, although, they did give thanks to God – to them, a day of thanksgiving was purely religious

in 1623, after the harvest crops were gathered in November, Governor William Bradford in Plymouth, Massachusetts announced:

“All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.”

this really got the ball rolling – on November 1st, 1777, by order of Congress, the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation was proclaimed, and signed by Henry Laurens, President of Continental Congress. the third Thursday of December, 1777 was officially set aside to celebrate the day

 then again, on January 1st, 1795, our first United States President, George Washington, wrote his famed National Thanksgiving Proclamation and Thursday, February 19th 1795 was set aside by George Washington as a National Day of Thanksgiving… whud up with all of the flip flopping?!

Statue of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Wallbuilders.

and because things just can’t BE, many years later, on October 3rd 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, as “a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

148 years later, no changes have been made to this… hopefully it stays that way!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DePa on 2011/11/24 at 13:23

    Part of my my thanks is that I have the Hungry for Living Blog to read on a regular basis.



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