In light of Thanksgiving, I feel like giving a small background to why we celebrate this holiday! I scoured the internet to find a few reasons why we celebrate this glorious and gluttonous holiday. I picked two that somewhat resembled what I learned in elementary school so long ago.
- The Harvest – For the past 6,000 years, ever since humanity discovered agriculture, societies have celebrated the harvest. Globalization and industrialization has made modern man less aware of the seasonal harvest, but we still greatly depend upon harvest seasons to supply us with food (that corn crop will because feed which will plump up our nice fat turkeys).
- Celebrate National Holiday – In 1621, the Pilgrims had their first Thanksgiving. You might think that after 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving every year, and it just eventually became a national holiday. Well, that’s not true. It took a long time for this holiday to be recognized on a national level. It was President Abraham Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving an annual national holiday. He made it a national holiday with his Thanksgiving Proclamation, in 1863. Later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that the 4th Thursday in November was an excellent permanent day for this holiday.
What I remember learning was that the Pilgrims came to this unknown land and befriended the Native Americans. We celebrate Thanksgiving as a day that we (Pilgrims and Native Americans) came together and had a feast giving thanks to one another.
As I grow older I realize that what I learned in grade school may not accurately reflect what actually occurred. However, despite its shaky historical background, Thanksgiving is still an important day for my family. Although I have never enjoyed the awkward sitting as a group around a large table saying what we are thankful for, I still believe it is important to let people know what I am thankful for especially on Thanksgiving:
- I am thankful for the little things we all forget like, a home to sleep in, a job, food to eat, or just being alive.
- I am thankful for my coworkers who make working enjoyable
- I am thankful for Verity who sees my potential and invest in me, and that Verity gives us Black Friday off!
- I am thankful for family and friends
- Most of all I am thankful for my son who tells me he “wubs me” just when it is needed the most!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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