Especially For You And Your Family Happy Thanksgiving

Another year has passed and what a year it has been.

We’ve traveled all over North Carolina and South Carolina more than once and to be honest…I can’t wait for our next journey.  I’ve learned a lot and I hope you have too.

It seems hard to imagine it’s Thanksgiving already.

And it seemed the fitting time to tell you how grateful I am that you are part of the Places of Value community.

If your like me, through the years, Thanksgiving has taken on the image of schools being closed, family gatherings, overeating and ….black Friday (shopping till you drop).  With a hint of Thanks thrown in there.

So I set out to find out more about this great American Holiday.  You know by now how I love to research!

Okay here goes…

In November of 1623 Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, “Plymouth Plantation” in Plymouth, Massachusetts 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.

Hence, the origin of our annual Thanksgiving Day celebration.

Then, on November 1, 1777, by order of Congress, the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation was proclaimed, and signed by Henry Laurens, President of Continental Congress.

The third Thursday of December, 1777 was thus officially set aside.  Yes, December!

“…for solemn thanksgiving and praise. That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor…”

Then again, on January 1, 1795, our first United States President, George Washington, set aside Thursday February 19, 1795 as a National Day of Thanksgiving and wrote his famed National Thanksgiving Proclamation, in which he says that it is…

…our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude,acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced…”

Many years later, on October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed an annual National Day of Thanksgiving

on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

In this Thanksgiving proclamation, our 16th President says that it …

“... has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people…”

So it is that on Thanksgiving Day each year, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for all His blessings and mercies toward us throughout the year.

There you have it…the origin and history (at least part of it) of Thanksgiving.

For me, Thanksgiving still means family and friends, lots of great food and yes shopping.

And as always, a time to remember all I have to be thankful for especially in what could be described as uncertain times.

From All of Us at Places of Value…

Thank You!

May You and Your family have a great and happy Thanksgiving and may you know how you have blessed me and my family.

See You next week!

Bob