~ Theodore Roosevelt
And so it begins..."The Holidaze"!
Abraham Lincoln agreed to declare a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” (Note nothing sad about getting a jump on Black Friday.)
But, perhaps it was President Franklin Roosevelt who put the $ in Thank$giving. He moved it to the third Thursday in November during the Depression to stimulate the economy! But, he faced serious opposition! Little did he know!
A day in the fall to give thanks spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving also bears a resemblance to the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, historians have noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.
Enjoy your day...but keep in mind...
"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."