The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
I received this last year from a Civil War Reenactor friend, and wondered how many in our own country, not to mention other coutries, know all of this? We all think of the Pilgrims and Indians celebrating the first Thanksgiving, but this is not passed down much. Seemed like a good time to post it here, on the 145th anniversary: The History of Thanksgiving, including President Lincoln's official Proclamation.
The initial purpose of this holiday was to gather and thank God for a harvest that would carry the family through the upcoming winter months. The whole family would gather to share in the warmth of the family table and to worship God, the author of good weather and abundant crops. The holiday originated in New England as a harvest festival. As New Englanders moved into the Northwest and West they took their celebration with them and others adopted the holiday. In 1863, President Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation after a year of excellent harvests, good economic news and some military successes; particularly Gettysburg and Vicksburg. The Proclamation called on Americans to thank the author of such blessings, God, for his bounty:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and 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 next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
The Thanksgiving holiday is now a family holiday of great importance. More people travel for this day than any other during the year, including Christmas!
Thanksgiving has always been the traditional start of the Christmas season, as well. Christmas has special significance for those of us who are Christians. It is the celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Many non-Christians enjoy the colored lights, decorations, music, the giving of gifts and parties that highlight the season.
Everyone is touched by the hope, caring and love that marks this very special holiday. This year our Jewish friends will celebrate Chanukah beginning on the evening of December 4 . Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights, and each evening the family gathers and another candle is lit.
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And here is an earlier Thanksgiving Procamation from George Washington:
THANKSGIVING IS HERE!
What better way to kick off Thanksgiving this year than to take the words of our nations first President, George Washington.
City of New York, October 3, 1789
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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thanx for posting....so in the end...most of the Thanks Givings around the World are the same....they may have a different date and names (in Germany it´s Ernte Danke Fest) and dates...but they came to life to thank the Lord for food, drinks and wood to heat....a good thing to me.
Merry Christmas to All and God bless You
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TrackRebel, that is interesting to me, I knew Canada had a Thanksgiving day in October, but didn't know any other countries did. When is your Ernte Danke Fest (I know Danke is "thank you", and fest must be celebration, what does Ernte mean?)
What other countries have a national day of Thanksgiving? When are they? This is great to be able to share more about our countries and cultures. I love it!
Kerst...unfortunately...we don´t get a day off for it...it´s always on a Sunday...
And I think our Ernte Danke Fest is in the first week of October...yeah....I think it was then....cos I made a big lunch for my family...they loved it....and I did, too....I will do that everyyear now.