Today is Thanksgiving...
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.
Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.
In the United States in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Well, I'm grateful that Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday because it's one of my favorite holidays. I love when the whole family gets together for the day, chatting, laughing, eating, joking around, sometimes playing football, helping out in the kitchen...it's loud and crazy but it's great.
This Thanksgiving was a lot quieter than ones in the past. There were just 5 of us, but we still enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes and 3, yes 3 kinds of pie.
Missed the rest of the family, but it was still a wonderful day.