A little history ...

A civil holiday observed annually in the United States of America on the last Thursday in
November. The president issues a proclamation, calling on the citizens, all Federal
officials, and others subject to Federal authority to observe the day as one of national
thanksgiving and prayer .The governors of states concur in the president's proclamation
and also recommend the citizens to observe the holiday, and all public business is suspended.

 The custom originated in 1621, when Governor Bradford of the Plymouth colony appointed
a day for public praise and prayer after the first harvest, and the practice spread
throughout the other New England colonies. The first national observance was when
President Washington, at the request of Congress, recommended Thursday, 26 November,
1789, to the people of the United States "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be
observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty
God ". This proclamation exhorted the people to "beseech Him to pardon our national and
other transgressions , to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue
and to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be
best". It was the first observation of the day on the date that present custom holds it.

In 1817 Thanksgiving Day was first officially noticed in New York State and by 1859 its
observance had spread to twenty-eight states and two territories. In 1863 President
Lincoln made his first proclamation, naming the last Thursday of November as a day of
national observance, which President Johnson also selected in 1867 and President Grant in
1870. Since then there has been no change, the last Thursday in November being named in
each year's proclamation.

Recognition of the day by special religious features has only been of comparatively recent
date and not as yet (1911) of official general custom. Historians of the day attempt to
trace the origin of Governor Bradford's idea (1621) back to the old Hebrew Feast of the
Tabernacles and through the ages to the ancient Greek Harvest Feast, Thesmophoria, the
Roman Cerealia, and the English Harvest Home
Thankgiving means allot of diffrent things to people.  As children we are taught about
the pilgrams and the indians having a big feast . We have school plays and make
paper turkys.  We are taught about being thankful for the things we have in life , and
the people.

I remember as a very small child having the family over and my mom cooking a big
feast. However, being from germany my mom was not a big Thanskgiving person, and
as I grew older, we didnt really celebrate it.  It was always a big deal for me and my
mom to go to a wonderful Thanksgiving brunch somewhere, which I think we did
more out of my need to celebrate because thats what I was experiencing in school
and friends.  Personally ... I dont even like turkey !!!!  *laughs*  

I do have one Thanskgiving memory though that sticks in my mind. I was in either 8th
or 9th grade and I had celebrated Thanskgiving with my best friend Shellys family,
and was spending the night at her house.  After everyone was in bed we had went
downstairs and was eatiing pimpkin pie and cherry jello with whipped cream, then for  
whatever reason we decided that we wanted to go stay at my house instead.... and so
off we went.  Much to my mothers dismay  Shelly and I both started puking our guts
out before morning .... turned out we had got food poisening from the Thanksgiving
dinner !!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Figure ... I KNEW I didnt like turkey ... * laughs* ... so from that day on I
decided even out of courtesy I would not eat turkey ever again....