Thanksgiving is not for wimps this year!
If you are the host or hostess, you will have to arrange to serve dinner earlier this year since Black Friday starts in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday. I find this a little disturbing since my family is all into this Black Friday business. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for family, friends, a time for a leisurely meal and above all how much we are grateful for.
I will be cooking this year because of last year’s fiasco. We ordered an entire meal from a local restaurant and invited 10 people. I unwrapped the containers and found the sides were bigger than the turkey, which resembled a pigeon on a large platter. I had to improvise. Improvising is not my style. I am a pretty organized cook.
I did a little research and found that Sarah Hale, the editor of the influential Godey’s Lady’s Book, a monthly magazine, appealed to President Abraham Lincoln to declare a national holiday of thanksgiving. Lincoln, seeing a chance to boost war morale, complied and on Oct. 3, 1863, he declared the final Thursday of November a national Thanksgiving Day. Since that proclamation, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated annually in the United States. In 1941, Congress decided that Thanksgiving would be celebrated as it is today, on the fourth Thursday in November.
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No matter what you do, if it includes watching parades, football games or shopping, have a great Thanksgiving and remember to be grateful for the bountiful life we have.