According to National Geographic, it’s the 1621 Plimoth (also spelled Plymouth) Thanksgiving that’s linked to the birth of our modern holiday. The truth is the first “real” Thanksgiving happened two centuries later.
Everything we know about the three-day gathering comes from a description in a letter written by Edward Winslow, leader of the Plimoth Colony. But the letter was lost and not rediscovered for nearly 200 hundred years.
In Winslow’s short letter, it was clear that the feast was not something that was supposed to be repeated again and again. It wasn’t even a Thanksgiving, which in the 17th century was a day of fasting. It was a harvest celebration.
In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. He was probably swayed in part by magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale (the author of the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) who had suggested Thanksgiving become a holiday.
In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt officially established the current date for observance, the fourth Thursday of November.
But what really matters is that we take time this special day to count our blessings and give thanks.
I bet you have much to be thankful for. I surely do, and one of the many things I am thankful for is you.
Thanks for reading my weekly messages and when appropriate, sharing them with others.
If you’ve heard me speak anytime in the last few years, you’ve heard me say to everyone…….”I love you, and not in a weird way”……….and I really mean it………..I’m Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for YOU!………and in my beliefs, may Heavenly Father bless YOU for all the good you are doing………….smiles, and have a great week…………….Mark