Thanksgiving is a U.S. Federal Holiday, that is always celebrated on the Fourth Thursday in November and is one of the most Popular Holidays in November.
You have all heard the traditional Thanksgiving story! The original gathering took place in the Fall of 1621, between the Pilgrims and the Indians to celebrate making it through the first year at Plymouth Rock. Many had died, but they made it through with the help of the Indians. A harvest festival was proclaimed, which lasted three days.
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This was a centerpiece that our Mom did for her Holiday Table in 2011. Half of the fun for the Holiday Meals at her house, is seeing what she comes up with to decorate her table!
Gratitude is defined as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. It is an important quality to develop in your life for many reasons. Many studies have shown that grateful people are happier; less stressed out and depressed, and experience greater satisfaction in life. The practice of starting a gratefulness journal and writing down three things you are grateful for each day, can actually increase your happiness! Take the time to be grateful!
If you are planning a big family meal at home, try to incorporate others in your group this year...those that don't have family nearby to visit, military families that have loved ones serving, single parents with kids, or those who live alone and might not have a place to go!
T: Turkeys, tablespreads, being together,
H: Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A: Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
...N: Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K: Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S: Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner!
G: Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I: Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V: Very special times-there could even be snow.
I: Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N: Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G: Giving thanks and blessing this special day.
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