Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us,

much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
                                 ~  Theodore Roosevelt

And so it begins..."The Holidaze"!

I am sure that Abraham Lincoln (who is showing up in local theaters-stay out of the balcony, sir!) never would have guessed that his declaring the last Thursday in November in a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War would turn out to represent annual retail war in the aisles of stores across America.  In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, but the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians.
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."                   
                         ~Frederick Keonig

No comments: