Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621.The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians with out who's helped they would have starved.
George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.
In 1863 a Abraham Lincoln, searching for a way to unite the nation issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.

Starting in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt, seeking to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Controversy followed, and Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November, where it remains.

Be thankful for and enjoy your family and friends, they are what it's about.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

14 comments:

moi said...

Enjoy this day, Karl. I hope you and the Mrs. will get to spend it with family, friends, and good food.

K9 said...

well said, Karl. Have a blessed day.

Karl said...

Moi: We will. You and SB have a great day!

K9: A blessed day to you and yours!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

Goddess bless you and bring you a wonderful day my friend...

fishy said...

Blessings on you and Mrs. Karl.
Is it crabs on the grill or more traditional fare in your celebration?

Karl said...

Jackie Sue: She did, Hope you had a fine time!

Fishy: Thank you, same to you and yours. No MIL is into standard holiday fare and she wanted to run the show this year. I simply consumed and cleaned up.

Pam said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Karl! Always appreciate your take on things! Best wishes to you and yours.

Boxer said...

I'm late, but I love this history lession and honestly? I had no idea when/how it all began, so thank you.

I hope you're relaxing and enjoying the long weekend.

Karl said...

Pam: I appreciate that. Thank you.

Boxer: I just flew in from the 18th century and a boy are my arms tired. Badump bump.

Less we repeat it. You're welcome.

It was not as long as I had hoped. Yet we had quite a time. The Mrs. and I got to dance head couple at a catillian, a first for us. Plus a brief meeting with Colonel Washington. And some very informative discussions on gardening, printing and silver smithing. Yes a fine time.

Just Another Girl said...

I know I'm late but hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Heff said...

Happy belated.

I ate too much Turkey, and passed out, thus missing this post.

Karl said...

JAG: I did, thank you. Hope you had a fine time too.

Heff: It's all part of enjoying the day.

Joanna Cake said...

We dont have Thanksgiving but Im commenting on this post purely to see if Karl is still on mid-air mobile internet :)

Karl said...

Joanna: Luckily, no both feet on the ground. Although my head still in the air. Thanks for stopping by.