Throughout history, mankind has celebrated at the end of a successful harvest. This week we have a special opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s a day that has been observed, in our country, since 1621, when after a difficult year in the New World, the Pilgrims had a plentiful harvest. The Governor, William Bradford, declared a day to have a feast and celebrate, and included the local Wampanoag Indians with whom they were at peace. Ever since then, the custom of having a day of thanksgiving has become an annual event. In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving. Since then, every president has declared the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving, for many, is a day to gather with family and friends. While we are busy eating, visiting, and watching football, we should remember to take the time to think about what is good in our life. No matter how difficult, there is always something for which we can be grateful. Think about what that might be. I am grateful for my family, for having a job and a place to live. I am grateful for my friends and my cat. These are just a few things that I am grateful to have.