Merriam-Webster defines “Thanksgiving” as “the act of giving, a prayer expressing gratitude” or “public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness.
Thanksgiving is a day we celebrate once a year, but should be celebrated every day. Once a year we cook up a Turkey or Ham with all the sides, invite the family over and give thanks for all our good fortunes, but was that the meaning of Thanksgiving? Many people think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend, eating a great dinner, or maybe they think it is the start of the Christmas Holiday Season.
But the first Thanksgiving can be trace back to 1600’s when Governor William Bradford Proclaimed:
"All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings."
This is the origin of our annual Thanksgiving Day celebration. On January 1, 1765, President George Washington wrote his famed National Thanksgiving Proclamation. Thursday, the 19th day of February, 1795 was thus set aside by George Washington as a National Day of Thanksgiving. Years later Abraham Lincoln Proclaimed “on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
So to all I wish Happy Thanksgiving