It's Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2008 | Categrory: Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is a holiday that sometimes loses the limelight . I think we can look at the origins pay tribute to the blessings we are given every day! Here are some facts you may not know (I got them from the wallbuilders website)

In 1789 President George Washington declared Thursday November 26th, 1789, as the first  date for Thanksgiving under the new constitution. Other Presidents issued Proclamations of Thanksgiving , but the dates and even the months varied.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the Thanksgiving would be a regular holiday , on the last Thursday of Novemeber. Changes were still to come when President Roosevelt in 1939, worried that the last Thurday which fell on the last day of Novemeber that year, would shorten the Christmas shopping season (and dampen ecenomic recovery). He declared that Thanksgiving would be the second to last Thursday in Novemeber. This caused a little trouble, 32 states followed the proclamation, while 16 states refused the change, and for two years Americans celebrated on two different days .

Congress stepped in and on October 6, 1941, the House passed a joint resolution which made the official holiday the last Thursday in Novemeber. Think we are done now? No. The Senate amended the resolution and established the holiday as the fourth Thursday (to cover those times when November had five Thursdays…whew!) Surprising with all that goverment intervention that we have it at all!!

Here are some words to ponder from our Founding Fathers:

Congress recommended a day of thanksgiving and praise so the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts….Samuel Adams 1777

I appoint a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God….and that He would spread the light of Christian knowledge… Governor Thomas Jefferson 1779

I appoint a day of public Thanksgiving and Praise to render  to God tribute of Praise for His unmerited goodness to us by giving to us the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation…

Governoer John Hancock 1790

As you make your list of things you are Thankful for, keep our men  and women in uniform at the top . They are not forgotten, and our Thankful hearts ask God to hold and keep them in safety.

Happy Thanksgiving !