Here’s a little Thanksgiving quiz for you:
Who was the first U.S. President to declare a national day of thanksgiving?
c. Theodore Roosevelt
e. Franklin D. Roosevelt
(The correct answer is at the end of this post).
Thanksgiving Day has become a day for family gatherings. Many families celebrate by having a family meal together, or watching the Macy’s parade or by watching football. Regardless of what you and your family normally do, please block out a few minutes to pause and reflect about how fortunate we are in so many ways.
As Americans we take so many things for granted: a plentiful food supply, availability of housing and jobs, the ability to openly express our political opinions, the ability to worship as we please, the peace and safety we enjoy, and many other things. It’s not that way in much of the world.
When I was growing up, public schools celebrated Thanksgiving by teaching about the first Thanksgiving at the Plymouth Colony, and we learned religious Thanksgiving songs such as Come Ye Thankful People, Come and We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing. We also learned to sing all of the verses of The Star-Spangled Banner. The words of one verse are:
Blessed with victory and peace,
May the Heaven-honored land
Praise the Power that hath made
And preserved us a nation.
Whether you’re religious or not, please spend a few minutes tomorrow hugging your family members and friends, and reflecting on all of the good things in your life.
The answer to the quiz is (a). Don’t believe me? See: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving-quiz.
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