Nearly 400 years ago in 1621, the nation celebrated its first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians brought with them the tradition of daily giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts while the Pilgrim’s brought with them their tradition of daily giving thanks to God. Two different cultures came together to contribute food together, celebrate together, feast together and give thanks together for a bountiful harvest after some incredibly difficult times and hard work.
Nearly 200 years later in 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in the midst of a horrible civil war at the wise suggestion of Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor. On that day, in the midst of severe national conflict, the nation began a national day of giving thanks on the same day. Together. Over their meals. In the midst of conflict.
Fast forward about 150 years to today … in the midst of activity lists and cooking schedules and warm oven and cold weather and nutritious food and games and family and dirty dishes, I’m reflecting on what a wonderful, thoughtful tradition this is that has stood the test of time through seasons of prosperity and peace as well as that of tremendous hardship. The tradition of giving thanks is most certainly one worthy of continuation.
May your day be filled with gratitude.
Grateful for this day and grateful for each and every one of you,
Lisa for the Mesko family