For most of us, November is the month when we begin preparing for the cold winter months ahead. In November, work life and outdoor activities typically begin to slow down and we find ourselves spending quality indoor time with family playing games, preparing for the holidays, starting winter projects, catching up with friends and making plans for the upcoming year. November also allows us the opportunity to sit back, wrap up in a fluffy blanket, warm our bodies in front of a fire and enjoy those good old comfort foods!
In late November, we also take time out to celebrate and reflect upon the blessings that God has bestowed upon us as a nation. On Thanksgiving Day, we gather with family and friends for a Thanksgiving feast. It is our way of not only remembering God’s promises, but also thanking God for His provision throughout the year. Here is a little history about our nation and our national desire to give thanks to God! Giving thanks formally began in 1621. The Pilgrims and the First Nations people gathered together to celebrate the harvest of that year. In 1777, the thirteen colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The first National Thanksgiving day was declared by George Washington, who proclaimed Thursday, November 26, 1789, a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. However, it was not until 1863 that President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as an official national holiday of thanksgiving and praise. In 1941, Congress declared that the official day would always fall on the fourth Thursday of November. Thus, from the founding of our nation, we as the American people have looked with grateful thanks to the Almighty for providing us our daily bread. I deeply appreciate that our national roots are founded in a tradition of thanksgiving!
In keeping with our history, why not start a new tradition with your family and friends? As you gather together and say your blessings this Thanksgiving, go around the table and have each person share one reason they are thankful. My family has been doing this for years and it is wonderful to hear how each of us has been blessed.
I will leave you with this prayer from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
For health and food
For love and friends;
Thy goodness sends
We thank thee.
Kathy Cobb / www.kathycobb.info is the founder of Gabbin’ With The Girls – Connecting Today’s 21st Century WomenTM, a global organization that empowers women to live a Victorious life. Kathy is passionate about inspiring women to ”Awaken The Sleeping Beauty Within” through writing, teaching, public speaking and mentoring.