For those who may not know, THANKSGIVING is a holiday created by the presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, during the American Civil War, in November of 1863. It is one of the few entirely AMERICAN holidays that we celebrate in the United States.
What prompted President Lincoln to make such a declaration for his war-torn nation? A tide-turning battle and the editorials written by a woman he didn’t know: Sarah Josepha Hale. His proclamation gave us the holiday that we celebrate today on the last Thursday of November. Wow-talk about words that were right on target!
However, sharing the fall bounty among agricultural families and communities was done long before President Lincoln declared a specific national holiday to do so. And, I suggest that being thankful is something we can-and should-do every day that we wake up.
So, from our house to yours, we hope that your Thanksgiving gathering this year is blessed in every way possible: with good food, good friends, good family sharing, and all-around good will.
I’m thankful for you all. Nancy Q.