THANKSGIVING 2020! And during a PANDEMIC! 99.9% of us are in Our First One! Hopefully the Only One!
But, I’m not wishing to share anything but a little bit of History on this Holiday. And on this one, all of us need to say Thanks to God for allowing to be here on His Planet. But do most earnestly give Thanks to the whole Family! LOVE is in the air and each of us must reach out and grab some of it. Don’t be shy! Let your Love Loose. And enjoy this day in a most happy way-You are Alive! Enjoy it!
The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue
In truth, massacres, disease and American Indian tribal politics are what shaped the Pilgrim-Indian alliance at the root of the holiday!
What is the Thanksgiving myth?
The myth is that friendly Indians, unidentified by tribe, welcome the Pilgrims to America, teach them how to live in this new place, sit down to dinner with them and then disappear. They hand off America to white people so they can create a great nation dedicated to liberty, opportunity and Christianity for the rest of the world to profit. That’s the story—it’s about Native people conceding to colonialism. It’s bloodless and in many ways an extension of the ideology of Manifest Destiny.
Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. The American holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular travel, the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Harvest, the season of the gathering of crops. The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon haerfest (“autumn”) or the Old High German herbist. Harvest has been a season of rejoicing from the remotest times. The Romans had their Ludi Cereales, or feasts in honour of Ceres. The Druids celebrated their harvest on November 1. In pre-Reformation England, Lammas Day (August 1, Old Style) was observed as the beginning of the harvest festival.
Now, the biggest question is what does Thanksgiving mean to you? Most Americans and Canadians will be Celebrating. Canada?
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October.”
But why are you Celebrating? Not sure? How about celebrating Life! Being Alive. And if you have Family, celebrate because you do. I wished every single person would or could experience having children. Being a Father or Mother helps bring out a new Appreciation for Life. A special very special Appreciation. And sure, it does bring a strong reminder of those we do not have with us.
I can’t Lie. I miss my mother, father, and my grandparents. But I do remember great Thanksgiving Times with them. My Aunts and Uncles are all Gone. Gone too early from Life. But I still remember them. My Aunts and Uncles drank very heavily and some smoked too. But the alcohol and smoking brought Cancer taking out their Lungs, one throat, and Kidneys and Livers. I hope very much that if you drink or smoke that you will Stop. I miss my family very much and I always wished the Baby that died had made it. I hope to see that Baby on the Other side. I do.
So, please have a Happy Thanksgiving and please Travel Safely and I’ll be praying for all of us. Take lots of Photos. Tell your Family what they mean to you! I love all of mine. I really do.