To all our troops – Happy Thanksgiving Day

“We Gather Together” We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

The first Thanksgiving Day Celebration wasgeld on May 23, 1541 in the Palo Duro Canyon in Texas by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and the Teya Indians. The feast was held to celebrate the discovery of food supplies. In 1578 one was held in Newfoundland. Then on December 4, 1619, 38 colonists gave thanks to God after landing in Virginia. While Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November.

In the US we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a huge feast for the hold family. Whenever possible, family members come together from out of town or state sometimes for this event which generally last four days. Then everyone sits down to a meal of Turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, fresh rolls or biscuits, corn pudding, several types of vegetables, and cranberry sauce. Of course the menu may change slightly, but most everyone has Turkey and ham. We usually eat about 1:00 p.m.. Then everyone talks for a while, some take a nap, and everyone sits down again later about 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. for leftovers or Turkey and ham sandwiches. Oh yeah, potato salad, got to have potato salad.

The schools used to have the grade school kids put on a show where they imitated the first Thanksgiving Day. Then they would sing songs honoring the day.

“Over the River and Through the Wood”Over the river and through the wood
To Grandfather’s house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood —
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah forThanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow —
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood —
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurray for the pumpkin pie!

God Bless all our troops, deployed, injured in hospitals, and those lucky enough to be home with their loved ones. Thank you for your sacrifices and your service. Thank you to your families who have also made great sacrifice. Thank you for showing us all what Thanksgiving is really all about.

To those of you who have lost loved ones, I too have lost a loved one. I know how very hard this time is for you. I hope your friends, family, and neighbors gather around on this special occasion to help you and your kids if you have children get through this day the day. May God Bless you especially this day for the heroic sacrifice made by your loved one and your family!

~ by devildog6771 on November 24, 2005.

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