Oh Dog! Today is a super-special holiday here in the US. It’s Thanksgiving!
The Puritans were not big on holidays; they didn’t even celebrate Christmas or Easter. But they did celebrate days of thanksgiving when things were going well, such as after a bountiful harvest. So really the first celebration didn’t happen in Plymouth in 1621, though it makes a nice starting point.
The holiday was set aside by Lincoln as an official day of Thanksgiving in 1863. It was to be held the last Thursday of the month. In 1939, FDR moved the holiday to the next-to-last Thursday of the month to lengthen the Christmas holiday shopping season.
And now ya know how Thanksgiving went from a day of giving thanks to the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Today many people will over-indulge on turkey without thinking of the millions of animals that were raised and killed just so we could celebrate this one day. They will make plans to spend money on themselves this weekend (yep, 66% of Black Friday shopping is NOT for others) while many people have no money. They will watch football and lounge in comfort while many are homeless.
I’m not asking you to feel guilty about that. But I would ask you to take a moment and appreciate all that you do have. There is much to be grateful for.