An all inclusive American tradition

  
By:  Vic Eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  40 comments


An all inclusive American tradition
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. 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."...Abraham Lincoln

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Link to Quote: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/read-abraham-lincolns-1863-proclamation-that-made-thanksgiving-a-national-holiday/ar-AA14s9Ki#:~:text=On%20Oct.%203%2C%201863%2C%20President%20Abraham%20Lincoln%20issued,a%20national%20holiday%20led%20by%20Sarah%20Josepha%20Hale .


Today is the day we sit down with family & friends to celebrate the nation's most unifying tradition. Anyone in a mixed marriage is sure to agree with me. The celebration which began in 1621, after a time of drought & famine and then became a National Holiday in 1863, in the midst of a Civil War, is no longer viewed as a religious holiday, but more a day of family. This year in particular, is one in which such a unifying event is desperately needed.



Remembering it's history:

"THE SETTLERS


The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of  English  Protestants called Puritans who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These "separatists" initially moved to  Holland . But after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620 to settle in a "New World." Carrying 101 men, women, and children, the  Mayflower  traveled the ocean for 66 days and was supposed to land where New York City is now located. But windy conditions forced the group to cut their trip short and settle at what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

SETTLING AND EXPLORING


As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies.

One day, Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki people, and Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) visited the settlers. Squanto was a Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the settlers and the native people, and in March 1621, they joined together to protect each other from other tribes.



THE CELEBRATION



One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true.

Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, different from today's  traditional Thanksgiving feast . They played ball games, sang, and danced.

Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought."

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/first-thanksgiving



Even the "experts" are ready for a return to normal:

"Jan Eberth, a professor who is chair of health management and policy at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, said she is excited to attend a big Friendsgiving this year in Philadelphia. 

“We just have to be more willing to take some risk but in a cautious way that we all feel comfortable with individually,” she said. Dr. Eberth and her family are all  up-to-date on Covid-19 shots

Last year Covid-19  made a dent in some festivities . In 2021, cases of Covid-19 surged around the country after Thanksgiving, when many gathered for the holiday in larger groups for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. Hospitalizations escalated as the vaccine-resistant and virulent Omicron variant gained steam in the U.S.,  canceling many December holiday celebrations

Dr. Eberth’s family celebrated Thanksgiving with her parents, who are in their 60s, and maintained strict protocols, not eating in restaurants before the visit and wearing masks in church. 

This year, her biggest worry is what to feed her 11-year-old daughter, who recently became vegetarian."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thanksgiving-gathering-epidemiologists-party-11669259382?mod=hp_lead_pos7



Enjoy the day








 


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago


The picture used is from a T
urkey float during the 31st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade moving down Broadway near 37th Street in New York, Nov. 28, 1957.



 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  author  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago


The White House is reminding Americans to be thankful for Biden's 'tremendous' accomplishments


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squiggy
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3  squiggy    2 weeks ago

"This year, her biggest worry is what to feed her 11-year-old daughter, who recently became vegetarian.""

Just ask the boys on her swim team.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  squiggy @3    2 weeks ago
This year, her biggest worry is what to feed her 11-year-old daughter, who recently became vegetarian.""

Well, I guess that's better than an 11-year-old walking around the house saying "I just gotta lose weight!"

Welcome to 2022

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago

"We are not in good hands"

Ain't that the truth!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Like other holidays and other traditions, Thanksgiving has evolved and is no longer seen, by many,  as a time to revere the Puritans. 

It is a family holiday now and that is how the great majority of Americans celebrate it. I have a friend who immigrated here from India 40 years ago. Her family celebrates Thanksgiving with traditional Indian food. They are also proud Americans. There are males in her family whose first names are Wilson, Truman, and Kennedy. I shit you not. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @5    2 weeks ago

This is my 68th Thanksgiving and my family always celebrated it as a family holiday and never by revering the Puritans.  Besides, Texas, Florida and Virginia can claim a Thanksgiving before Massachusetts.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5.1    2 weeks ago
This is my 68th Thanksgiving and my family always celebrated it as a family holiday and never by revering the Puritans.

Maybe that is just an old liberal thing. I have never met anyone who revered Puritans, either.

Even just the concept seems rather strange to me.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
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5.2  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @5    2 weeks ago

What's to revere about the puritans anyway?  Absolutely nothing.

Like you said John this is now is a time for family/friends.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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6  Mark in Wyoming     2 weeks ago

all i know is my native american name doesnt translate to shitty hunter or vegetarian ......

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @6    2 weeks ago

We are having a quiet one this year, just my wife, daughter and her friend.  I usually do a brined bird on the Weber, but this year it's racks of lamb.  It's easy and tasty, served with Greek potatoes, grilled vegetables and an Egyption salad called Balela with several French wines.  Pretty inclusive.  Fortunately, the weather is great today for grilling.

Perhaps Pronghorn tenderloin is part of your menu.

Hope you have an enjoyable one

 
 
 
shona1
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6.1.1  shona1  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    2 weeks ago

Morning Drinker...yum I will be right over..

Happy Thanksgiving to you mob across the Pacific and around the world..

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  shona1 @6.1.1    2 weeks ago

I’m sorry shona, but we just finished.  The lamb was great and Australian, I tried to find Irish but couldn’t.  We do have a few leftovers I’ll save you.

 
 
 
shona1
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6.1.3  shona1  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.2    2 weeks ago

I could bring dessert.. pavlova and lamingtons.. 🐨

Hope you enjoyed your meal and get together with the rellies..

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  shona1 @6.1.3    2 weeks ago

I love meringue and chocolate/coconut.  

 
 
 
shona1
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6.1.5  shona1  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.4    2 weeks ago

Arvo..yep...my favourites ...

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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7  Mark in Wyoming     2 weeks ago

actually im an old back bay boston boy so even though its just me i did a small breast, and the main fixins , besides the best tasting part of the meal to me? is always the leftovers to make sammiches ....cant finish out the year without those .

 enjoy yours as well

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @7    2 weeks ago
actually im an old back bay boston boy

When we have a large gather, I make an oyster dressing.

 
 
 
Have Opinion Will Travel
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8  Have Opinion Will Travel    2 weeks ago

The biggest Turkey this year resides in the WH.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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8.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Have Opinion Will Travel @8    2 weeks ago

I dunno.

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Have Opinion Will Travel
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8.1.1  Have Opinion Will Travel  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @8.1    2 weeks ago

Might be they confused revered with reviled.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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8.1.2  MonsterMash  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @8.1    2 weeks ago
i think the biggest turkey this year already commented about the puritans/pilgrims, being revered.
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shona1
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8.2  shona1  replied to  Have Opinion Will Travel @8    2 weeks ago

Well seeing you are a Democracy over there at least you can say... get stuffed .🦃

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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8.2.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  shona1 @8.2    2 weeks ago

actually we have a constitutional representative republic , which is a form of democracy  and thats not going to change , the news bites about democracy being in danger where rooshite , the only thing in danger was what passes for the democratic party in this country . get stuffed is appropriate for today though , i do like to tell them to go piss up a rope in a hurricane . or shorten that to piss off.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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8.2.2  Jasper2529  replied to  shona1 @8.2    2 weeks ago
Well seeing you are a Democracy over there

Hello, shona - I hope you are well. To set the record straight,  the USA government is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

 
 
 
shona1
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8.2.3  shona1  replied to  Jasper2529 @8.2.2    2 weeks ago

Morning.. hmmm so what's with the saying..

America is the world's greatest Democracy.. We so often hear?

I have never heard of the USA being referred to as a constitutional republic..but there you go learn something every day..😁🐨🦃

 
 
 
shona1
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8.2.4  shona1  replied to  Jasper2529 @8.2.2    2 weeks ago

Morning Jasper..yep chuffing along thank you..few bumps along the way but you get that..

Otherwise it's surf (water is flipping freezing at the moment so much for Spring) sun (haven't seen it for ages and we have got massive floods up north) and sand..(when it hasn't disappeared to storms and king tides)..

But they do keep saying..

Summer is coming??

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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8.2.5  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  shona1 @8.2.3    2 weeks ago
America is the world's greatest Democracy.. We so often hear?

we do use the democratic method of voting and choosing who to represent us as a people . but no where in the governing document , the US constitution , is either democratic or democracy mentioned .

BUT, and this really gets the deer in the headlights look when pointed out, all the states are guarenteed in the constitution a Republican form of government . Article 4, section 4 .

 i think people have a tendency to confuse the political parties for the actual government .

 
 
 
shona1
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8.2.6  shona1  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @8.2.5    2 weeks ago

Morning Mark..we actually have a State election tomorrow.. doubt there will be a change of Government but no one will stress over it anyway. Plus it is compulsory to vote the same as Federal elections..

I voted 2 weeks ago no way would I roll up to a polling station tomorrow...

Hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving..

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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9  Jasper2529    2 weeks ago
This year, her biggest worry is what to feed her 11-year-old daughter, who recently became vegetarian.

I don't believe that Dr. Eberth should worry so much. Thanksgiving is a vegetarian's delight - mashed potatoes, yams, various vegetables, gravy, cranberries, fruits and nuts, corn bread, pie, etc. There are dairy and meat substitutes that she could use to make any of them.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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10  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

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