by Colleen Harmes
Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
Nowadays our celebration would probably be unrecognizable to the people of 1863. We have giant turkeys, candied yams with marshmallows on top, string bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and of course the all time favorite, pumpkin pie.
We sit at home with family and friends and watch football games,we play football with the children out in the yard where the grown-ups play against the kids. The chefs and bakers of the family are busy in the kitchen and catching up with the happenings of their family and friends. We are all having such a great time together.
When dinner time comes around, we all sit around the beautifully decorated table with lovingly prepared food sat on it. We all hold hands and thank God for this meal and the time we have together. But, we also need to remember and give thanks to all of our loved ones who can’t be there with us. The people who are thousands of miles away, in foreign countries, working to protect our freedoms so that we can watch football, and enjoy the amazing food of the day known as Thanksgiving.
All of us at Brithe Publishing wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving