I thought I would send a greeting along with a little history… 🙂
Our Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in early Puritan history. Prior to 1536 the Catholic world had 95 Church holidays in addition to the 52 Sundays where people were required to go to church. Church reforms reduced the number church holidays but the some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving were to replace the many church holidays – Fasting when there were disasters, droughts or threats to society and Thanksgiving feasts to celebrate victories.
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday seems to have started in the 1620’s in Plymouth Colony. Pilgrims and Puritans continued Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving. Over the years, the Thanksgiving tradition evolved into an annual harvest festival and it became a regular event in the 1660’s. The politicians eventually got into the act and all U.S. Presidents have given Thanksgiving messages.
Fortunately, many of the best aspects of the Thanksgiving celebration have survived through the centuries. Families get together and re-connect. People reflect on their blessings and offer thanks. And… they enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cranberry, good breads, pies, cookies and a wide range of other goodies to numerous to mention. (I know, I know, my food photos do not look like typical Thanksgiving meals… but I like the photos.)
So let me wish you happiness as you gather with your family. Be Thankful.