November 22 & 23, 2002: Thanksgiving


American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen

Friday and Saturday November 22 and 23, 2002

Tonight’s Menu and Baking are dedicated to

 

Thanksgiving

 

Feeling very holiday-ish, as well as very thankful today, I did a little research and was pleased to find Thanksgiving such a long standing tradition in our country- stemming back to its earliest settlers.

The origin of Thanksgiving Day has been attributed to a Thanksgiving festival held by Plymouth Colony in December 1621, although such celebrations date from ancient times. This is the way it has been described, presumably by Edward Winslow, a leader of the colony, as it appears in Mourt’s Relation:

 

            “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amoungst other recreations, we exercised our arms, Many of the Indians coming amoungst us, and amoung the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish your partakers of our plenty.”

 

President George Washington in 1789 issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in honor of the new constitution. Then President Abraham Lincoln, on October 3, 1863, by presidential proclamation, appointed the last Thursday of every November as Thanksgiving Day with these words:

 

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too proud to pray to the God that made us.

 

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

 

Now, I am not a religious person, but I am inspired by these words- and thankful for the bounties of Heaven and Earth.

Love, George

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