Thanksgiving Day: November 22nd, 2012


The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
H.U. Westermayer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy Jr.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Across Generations

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Erma Bombeck

TimelessTradition

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.
Alistair Cooke

There is one day that is ours. … Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
O. Henry

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime.
Author Unknown

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.
Johnny Carson

Family & Friends – Day of Thanks

Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.
Mark Twain

Thanksgiving Day is not only an American historical tradition, but it is representative of the family bond and national unity. Family is the nucleus of any nation, not the government – without the family entity, the nation loses its strength. The value of the family and family values cannot be taken for granted or its stability undermined. The family transcends all cultures and religion or lack of it, providing a common ground between people of a nation and between the nations of the world. A nation whose family structure is weakened or dissolved is doomed, because government cannot effectively replace the loving guidance of parenthood and unity of family.
Keith A. Lehman

Anne Frank & Family

I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.
Anne Frank

Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

First Thanksgiving

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart … I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while they are offering up the ascriptions … they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers …to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

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Please remember those who are serving their country and cannot be home this Thanksgiving with their families. Support the members of the US Armed Forces, volunteers who have freely chosen to serve their country in a special and patriotic manner.
A most enjoyable, peaceful and satisfying Thanksgiving Day to all my fellow Americans … Happy Thanksgiving!
Keith A. Lehman
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Additional Reading:
Website, The History of Thanksgiving, History.com
Website, Thanksgiving on the Net: Celebration of Thanksgiving, Holidays.net
Website, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macys.com
Wikipedia entry, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Wikipedia
Website, Thanksgiving Day Customs, Thanksgiving-Day.org
Article, How to Involve Children in Thanksgiving Day Traditions, Associated Content.com
Wiki entry, Thanksgiving Classic, Wikipedia
Website, History: Thanksgiving Day Games, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wiki entry, American Football on Thanksgiving, Wikipedia
Article, essay, The First Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving Feast, Scholastic.com
Website, The First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims.net
Article, Website, Thanksgiving History: First Thanksgiving, History.com
Recipes, Thanksgiving Recipes, All Recipes.com
Recipes, A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, Gourmet Food Revolution
Wiki entry, Thanksgiving Dinner, Wikipedia