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How far you go....

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Posted 10-13-2009 at 02:19 PM by lauriebear777
Updated 10-19-2009 at 08:34 AM by lauriebear777 (To add a catorgory)

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” - Eskimo Unknown




Below is a post I had on a blog back in 2007 and I thought I would share it with all of you...
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November 21st 2007 8:36 am
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Below you will find out about our first Thanksgiving, please keep this day NO matter what you believe or where you came from dear in your heart, give thanks for the bounty you have, for it may not appear much to you, but to another it might be a kings bounty... May the love of Thanksgiving follow you forever... (note my family will all be posting this)

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth

What has come down in American tradition as the "First Thanksgiving" was actually a harvest festival. In the spring of 1621, the colonists planted their first crops in Patuxet’s abandoned fields. While they had limited success with wheat and barley, their corn crop proved very successful, thanks to Squanto (Tisquantum) who taught them how to plant corn in hills, using fish as a fertilizer.

In October of 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with feasting and games, as was the custom in England, as well as prayer. The celebration served to boost the morale of the 50 remaining colonists and also to impress their allies. Among the Native People attending were Massasoit and 90 Wampanoag men.

The Pilgrims would not have called the event of 1621 a "Thanksgiving." The Separatist Puritans recognized three kinds of holidays as sanctioned by the Bible : the Sabbath, days of thanksgiving, and fast days. Unlike the Sabbath, days of thanksgiving and fast days were not part of the established calendar. They were proclaimed by the governor only in response to a specific situation. A religious day of fasting could be invoked by a drought or war. A religious day of thanksgiving could be called to celebrate a particularly good harvest or providential rainfall. Although the event of 1621 is known today as the "First Thanksgiving," that harvest feast had many secular elements and would not have been considered a religious day of thanksgiving by the Pilgrims.

~ Detail from Brownscombe's
First Thanksgiving at Plymouth

LATER SIGNIFICANCE OF THANKSGIVING

The religious day of thanksgiving gradually evolved into a yearly Thanksgiving customarily held on a Thursday in November. As America grew and New Englanders moved to new states, the custom of an annual Thanksgiving Day took root throughout the country. The religious holiday added secular overtones, celebrating abundance, family and national unity.

The Pilgrim Fathers incorporated a yearly Thanksgiving day among the moral influences they sent over the New World. After our Independence the light crept slowly onward and westward... yet still it blessed and beautified the homes it reached.

~ Sarah Josepha Hale, Godey's Lady's Book 1865

Thanksgiving was not yet part of the national calendar. The governor of each state would determine when (or if) a Thanksgiving would be held. Thanksgiving did not become an annual national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 proclamation. Every President since has proclaimed an annual national Thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday to the third Thursday in November, to extend the Christmas shopping season. In 1941, this unpopular move inspired Congress to permanently fix the date on the fourth Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving has proved one of the most enduring and popular symbols of the Pilgrims. Millions of immigrants who arrived in America between 1880 and 1920 learned "Americanism" from the story of the Pilgrims and their celebration of Thanksgiving. Today, as we celebrate America's multicultural heritage, the story of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag sharing a harvest celebration remains an inspiration to many.

~ Detail from Brownscombe's
First Thanksgiving at Plymouth

May you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and keep this message in your heart for the year to come... We will be hoping you are with loved ones weather family or furriends, small or large groups, just enjoy and give thanks for all you have....

Thank you for sharing this with our family, I know we kept repeating ourselves but we so want you all to know how happy you make us and how Thankful we are to have found such a beautiful place as Catster...

We will be forever thankful...

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I do so hope this was OK to post, and I apologize in advance, but I saw it in my blog and I know it is almost Halloween but figured a little Thanksgiving couldn't hurt...

:thanks:
Elf 3rd Class - Laura
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