Here’s wishing you and your family the very best of Thanksgivings. If your family is anything like mine, it will involve giving thanks before the meal, having some turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. After dinner, we all proceed to the living room to sleep on the couches and chairs while watching the Dallas Cowboys take on whoever they are playing this year.
This little post got me thinking about the origins of Thanksgiving, so for your review, here is what Wikipedia has to say about Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving, also known as Thanksgiving Day, is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is primarily a North American holiday which has generally become a national secular holiday with religious origins.
The dates and whereabouts of the first Thanksgiving celebration are a topic of modest contention. Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, the traditional “first Thanksgiving” is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members.
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