The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims to give thanks to God for getting them safely to the New World. It wasn't until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving. Since that time, we have gathered with our families and friends in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Americans seem to celebrate holidays best with food. As Thanksgiving is a Fall holiday, our meal usually consists of seasonal foods. My family has the same meal year after year and if I dared change it, we might have a mutiny. We always have turkey, cornbread/sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, peas, corn, rolls, and various desserts. Each of us has a favorite food, but most of all, we enjoy being together.
As you gather with your family today, please remember all of the good things you have enjoyed during the past year and may God continue to bless you all.