Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Let Us Be Thankful

With an open heart I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.
I envision an evolving world where peace and love prevail.

The information below gives a brief history of Thanksgiving which will be of interest to those like myself not from the USA.

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.

The custom of an annually celebrated Thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770's) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.


Octamom said...

Beautiful video, wonderful little history lesson--and from an Aussie!

I know I am particularly thankful for the new relationships I've been gifted with this year through our blog community--and you are definitely one of the sweetest blessings!

Hugs, love, and blessings~

Meow said...

"We have a God who is with us." :)
"Gratitude not in response to our circumstances but in response to who he is. Period."

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Peggy & this calls for a post from me on things I am thankful for :)

Love always,

Anonymous said...

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all our friends in the U.S.A. this Thursday and thanks for reminding us of the history of this important event in this blog, too!

Fly Girl said...

Thank you for sharing the history of Thanksgiving with everyone! It is extra special coming from my Aussie friend! We do enjoy our day of thanksgiving, but it seems that we should enjoy a day of thanksgiving every day, not just once a year. Of course, we can't have a day off from work every day, and we can't get together every day with our relatives, but we can be thankful!

The video was lovely, too. Thank YOU for sharing!


Caroline said...

Great post today...thank you! And thank you for your wonderful perspective on's a pure joy to come here and always learn something new!

JenX67 said...

I agree with Caroline - it is pure joy to visit your blog! It elevates my spirit.

Poetikat said...

You're so right, Peggy. I didn't know all of the history of Thanksgiving. Funny how other parts of the world latched onto the celebration - in one way or another. We want to get in on thanking God, having family time and all those good eats!


Fly Girl said...


I think your trip to Rwanda would definitely rank high on the "giving happiness" scale! I can imagine the feeling you got sharing your love of photography with those children. That is a trip I would love to take one day and a project I would love to emulate.

Thanks so much for sharing! This makes me want to look at your Rwanda photos again.