Wednesday, November 22, 2006

To my blog buddies....

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I'm so thankful for your friendship, your encouragement, your wisdom, and your support and acceptance of me! You are all a blessing!

4 comments:

Matt said...

And Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, and thanks for all YOU bring to the table.

- Matt

Helen said...

Hi Karen!

What is Thanksgiving? I thought you only did this at Christmas, just wondered as in England we don't do this, but hope you had a good day anyway!

Hope you are well,
Helen x.

Karen said...

Helen,
I thought about my overseas buddies wondering about Thanksgiving....We give thanks for our blessings...here's how it started...
"Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in the United States commemorating the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621, after a winter of great starvation and privation. In that year Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving, and the feast was shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans. Although similar observances were held locally, they were sporadic and at no set time. After the American Revolution the first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by George Washington, was Nov. 26, 1789. Abraham Lincoln, urged by Sarah J. Hale, revived the custom in 1863, appointing as the date the last Thursday of November. The day is observed by church services and family reunions; the customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the four wild turkeys served at the Pilgrims' first thanksgiving feast."

Helen said...

That's really interesting, I always thought it was an extension of Christmas, just near to it, so 2 turkeys in 2 months!

I've learnt something new!

Have a great weekend Karen!

Helen x.