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Be Grateful This Thanksgiving Day for Your Family, Friends and the Rich History of Our Nation

thanksgiving WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 22 — Throughout the nation, families will come together next week to enjoy what may be the most comforting meal of the year — Thanksgiving dinner.

“Give thanks for the companionship; without your family and friends it can be the loneliest day of the year,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].  “Consider the lament of Abigail Adams on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1798.  Her husband, John Adams, was nearly halfway through his tenure as America’s second president.  He was busy tending to the needs of a nation still in its infancy and she was all alone at their home in Quincy, MA.  Yet, she took the time to compose a letter to the man she called, ‘my dearest friend’.”

Her missive begins with these words, courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society: “This is our Thanksgiving day. When I look Back upon the Yearpast, I perceive many, very many causes for thanksgiving, both of a publick and private nature. I hope my Heart is not ungratefull, tho sad; it is usually a day of festivity when the Social Family circle meet together tho seperated the rest of the year. No Husband dignifies my Board, no Children add gladness to it, no Smiling Grandchildren Eyes to sparkle for the plumb pudding, or feast upon the mind Eye. Solitary and alone I behold the day after a sleepless night, without a joyous feeling. Am I ungratefull? I hope not.”

The celebration of Thanksgiving Day was the brainchild of America’s first president, George Washington.  In a proclamation he issued on October 3, 1789, he designated November 26, the last Thursday of the month, as “a day of public thanks-giving.”  But Thanksgiving Day was not officially declared a national holiday to be celebrated annually until Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation of his own on October 3, 1863.  In it, Lincoln followed Washington’s example and declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated each year on the last Thursday of November.

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Joel Young
3 years ago

Thanksgiving to God. For letting the Pilgrims get here. For helping them through the first winter.
For God Blessing Amercia. For letting the U.S.A. become what it is..

SueK
3 years ago

AMAC Family,

I just wanted to thank you all for your comments; I really didn’t mean to turn this article into something sad; I was just commenting on Dan Weber’s thought that yes, Thanksgiving can be the loneliest day of the year.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with good food, good times and most of all, family; that’s the most important thing. Cherish it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dale Hammond
3 years ago

EVERYTHING that EVERY AMERICAN has comes from GOD, our CREATOR. The phrase that we sometimes hear about a SELF MADE person is totally FALSE. God asks JOB in chapters 38 and 39, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” God responds to Job with an avalanche of similar questions. “Have you commanded the morning? Can you make it rain? Can you send forth lightening?” Read for yourself!! We cannot boast of anything we have! Jeremiah 9: 23-24, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast In his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” God has uniquely blessed this nation. NOT because of ANYTHING we are or ever have done. Simply because HE HAS CHOSEN to do it. I do not understand HIS WAYS because I am ONLY human.

J. FARLEY
3 years ago

BE THANKFUL WE LIVE IN AMERICA , THERE WILL NEVER BE A NATION LIKE HER AGAIN,—GOD BLESS AMERICA

SueK
3 years ago

It’s the loneliest day of the year.

T Anderson
3 years ago
Reply to  SueK

I am so sorry that it is the loneliest day for you. Perhaps look into taking part in serving dinner to homeless or something else in your community. Even though my family is spread out, some have passed away, I see the holiday as a time to be thankful for what I have and what I had.

Patty
3 years ago
Reply to  SueK

I too am sorry it is a lonely day for you! May I ask why you feel this way?

SueK
3 years ago
Reply to  Patty

No family at all; parents gone, no siblings, kids, husbands, or ex-husbands. Flying solo with declining health for the duration of my time here. Pets keep me going.

Will make it through; always do.

Thank you, Patty.

J. FARLEY
3 years ago
Reply to  SueK

NO ONE SHOULD BE LONELY ON THANKSGIVING , IF I KNOW SUE K. I WOULD REACH OUT AND HAVE HER WITH MY FAMILY——–GOD BLESS YOU

SueK
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

Thank you, J. I’ll be with you in spirit.

J. FARLEY
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

SHOULD BE —–IF I KNEW SUEK.—–

JoMar
3 years ago
Reply to  SueK

Sue you’re not alone. Here is a prayer you. God of love and mercy, I pray You assist Sue in her time of trouble, anxiety and loneliness. Ease her burdens. Strengthen her faith. Increase her trust and confidence in your compassionate care. Give her the courage she needs, dear Lord, to face the difficulties before her, knowing that with Your help, miracles happen and lives are restored. I pray for Sue to share in your healing graces, and ask that You surround her with Your comforting goodness, for health in mind and body, and for a heart filled with hope and peace. Amen

SueK
3 years ago
Reply to  JoMar

JoMar, thank you so very much!

K C and family
3 years ago
Reply to  SueK

Sue K, I am so sad to read that Thanksgiving is the loneliest day of the year for you! If you live anywhere near Flower Mound, Texas, we would love to have you join us for Thanksgiving! God bless you and keep you!

SueK
3 years ago
Reply to  K C and family

Thank you, K C and family! Unfortunately, I’m in the greater Boston area, but would love to join you in Flower Mound if I were local. I hope that you and your family have a spectacular day :).

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