Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving: A Time to Count our Blessings

Thanksgiving is not just about turkey, but a time to count our blessings

Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony held their first Thanksgiving in fall 1621 in what is now Massachusetts. They invited the Wampanoag Indians who had helped them to the feast celebrating the bountiful harvest.

This also was an occasion to give thanks to God for their survival through the previous brutal winter. Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
The precise historical origin of our present Thanksgiving day is disputed. There is evidence of other Thanksgiving events for earlier celebrations than the Thanksgiving that occurred in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, but this is what our Thanksgiving day is based on.

Several U.S. presidents throughout our history have proclaimed that Thanksgiving as a holiday be observed on a specific day. Today, in the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

The important thing is that we take time out to than God for the blessings he has given us. It is not “Turkey Day,” a term which I despise and which detracts from the day’s purpose. We are a Christian nation, despite what President Obama has said to the Islamic nations. Thanksgiving day is so important to the American people, that more of our citizens travel on this holiday than they do for Christmas.

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