THANKSGIVING…..Thanks for the Giving , By: Bev Filer

There is one day that is ours.

“Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American “:O. Henry

 

Our Thanksgiving celebration dates back to 1621…

When the Pilgrims celebrated the first harvest in the New World!

That Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days

and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.

The Pilgrims held harvest for a successful growing season

with Squanto, A Patuxet Native American who resided with the Wampamoag Tribe,

as the only survivor of his tribe. He taught the Pilgrims to catch eel and

grow corn, as well as serving as an interpreter for them.

(Squanto had learned English while enslaved in Europe and during travels in England.)

 

The Pilgrims that survived that harsh winter were grateful to the Wampanoag leader, Massasoit, who had donated food

stores to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient. Thus, was

born a National Memory of a moment in Plymouth, nearly 400 years ago, when two district cultures, on the brink of

profound and irrevocable change, shared an autumn feast.

 

George Washington designated by the National Government of the United States

the first Thanksgiving on Thursday 26, 1789. Presidents after that, however,

had to still proclaim Thanksgiving for that year. That was done by Adams and Monroe, though not all presidents. Sarah

Josepha Hale, an influential editor of a popular woman’s magazine, “Godey’s Lady’s Book” in 1827 began a campaign to

reinstate the holiday after the model of the first presidents. Abraham Lincoln was convinced that a national

Thanksgiving might serve to re-unite a war torn country. Thanksgiving Day …The 4th Thursday in

November has been an annual tradition since 1863 when President Lincoln:

proclaimed National Day of “Thanksgiving & Praise to our beneficent Father

who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Franklin Roosevelt lengthened Christmas Shopping season by declaring

Thanksgiving for the next to last Thursday in November . In 1941 the Congress permanently established the holiday as the 4th Thursday of the month.

 

Today Thanksgiving, Food and Family take center stage….

Thanksgiving is a gathering together in grateful appreciation for a Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends: a

deeply meaningful & comforting annual ritual to most Americans.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year!

 

There are also traditional Thanksgiving parades in various cities,

many on TV for your family viewing pleasure!

Some parades are with Santa greeting you at the end, marking the unofficial beginning of  Christmas!

Of course, there is also “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving…

Marking  the beginning of Christmas shopping!

Then, too. is the beginning of the NFL football season..

Also for you viewing pleasure!

 

ARE YOU HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving…

Here are a few ways to celebrate for Brunswick Plantation folks:

Cooking at home….www.myrecipes.com/thanksgiving

www.partyblueprintsblog.com/the menu/sides/thanksgiving

 

If you would like to be part of a community dinner at the Brunswick House, get in touch with Social Committee

members…Michele Dorland or Emily Bonneau…

Contact info in the POA News and Events.

 

Or take advantage of ALL the great dining experiences..BRUNSWICK PLANTATION & GOLF RESORT’s

location is the   “Two State Solution for Fine Dining”!….only 5-10 minute drive to these great eateries.

 

THANKSGIVING In CALABASH:

THANKSGIVING  DINNER TO GO…

CALABASH DELI…a CALABASH FAVORITE

DINNERS FOR 2, 4, OR 6

All orders must be placed by: Sunday 11.18.2012

Questions: 910 579 – 9801

Orders must be picked up on Wednesday, 11.21.2012

 

 

 

CALABASH RESTAURANTS Open For…

SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DINNERS

DERBSTERS THANKSGIVING BUFFET Noon – 7:00pm

 

BOUNDARY HOUSE

THANKSGIVING MENU 11am – 6pm

Reservations: 910 579-8888

 

THANKSGIVING IN LITTLE RIVER, S.C.:

THE BRENTWOOD

Family style with Ham & Turkey OR Vegetarian

1pm – 7pm

Reservations Necessary 843-249-2601

http://www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com/

 

***ALSO For WINE LOVERS***

At THE BRENTWOOD

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DINNER

Four Delicious Course +

One Glass of Beaujolais Nouveau

November 15, 16, 17

 

PARSON’S TABLE

THANKSGIVING DINNER

Mostly booked for this year…

Taking reservations for next Thanksgiving

YUM…Must be Good!

Reservations http://www.parsonstable.com/

 

HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING…

Remember:

“All that we behold is full of blessings” :Wordsworth

 

THANKSGIVING MEMORIES…

I am reminded of a special Thanksgiving that I had away from family.

I was with new friends on a trip to Taiwan.

It was my first trip while living overseas in Okinawa, where I was teaching.

I was fascinated by the culture and people I met there.

I recall that our guide was a lovely young woman who spoke perfect English.

My Thanksgiving dinner was at the Grand Hotel and was a delicious…

But quite different than a traditional Thanksgiving meal!

I also remember having a Mongolian barbecue like I have never had before or since!

 

We visited the art museum which had art treasures that had been brought from China. We were told there were so many

that they were completely changed annually to display them all.

It was an amazing cultural experience!

One thing I do recall, however, is seeing the official looking men with guns.

I also recall that our guide, who was fluent in English, was not as free to travel as

we were. I remember feeling especially “Thankful” that I was born in America where my government encouraged me to travel.

I loved Taiwan and the friendly people of that country!

That trip and the people I met will always be a special memory for me!

It also made me so Thankful for the Blessings that have been bestowed upon me!

So, Thanksgiving is celebrated many places in many ways…What is your story?

Wise men have said…

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart”: Senaca

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”: Aesop

 

Do you have a special Thanksgiving Memory that you would like to share?

 

 

Please do…We’d Love to hear it!

Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours!

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2 Responses to THANKSGIVING…..Thanks for the Giving , By: Bev Filer

  1. Kevin says:

    I wish I was eating at Parson’s Table for Thanksgiving! Great history brief too!

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