Monday, November 25, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: Thanksgiving

A variety of thanksgiving feasts occurred in the New World. Perhaps the earliest occurred in territories held by the Spanish as early as the 16th century. Celebrations were common in what is now Virginia occurring as early as 1607. The dates of these observances ranged from May to December. It is the celebration that occurred at Plymouth Plantation in 1621 that we most often think of as the traditional Thanksgiving. 

Abraham Lincoln established the official observance of the holiday in 1863. Regardless of the history, the final Thursday of November has become a day for us all to stop and give thanks for the many blessings we have received. Our tendency is to concentrate on material things like food, and shelter, and prosperity. Certainly it is appropriate that we are grateful for these things since we are more fortunate than most around the world and many in our own country.

But the things that we should be most thankful for are things that can’t be measured, or quantified, or valued in dollars. These are things like health, friends and  colleagues, family, freedom, beauty, literature, music, art, and love. And as we take time to give thanks it is important that we tell those of our fellow travelers that have brought these to our lives how much we appreciate and are thankful for them.

And so Wanda and I thank you for the wonderful things you have brought to our lives and wish you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving celebration.

-Dr. Faulkner

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