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Holiday – Thanskgiving
Eastern Pennsylvania
3769 Posts
November 27, 2013 – 9:17 pm

You may notice one of the many new banners on our main page that will be displayed each year for the holidays in the United States and Canada.  Each will include a thread remembering these important days in our life.  Please feel free to share your comments and experiences.

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.  Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.  It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.  Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.  The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.  Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England.  Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.

Thanksgiving proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.  As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789.

In modern times the President of the United States, in addition to issuing a proclamation, will "pardon" a turkey, which spares the bird’s life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.

JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 1 dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
2019 Ram 2500, 2010 Coleman Avalon

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November 27, 2013 – 10:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am grateful our turkey was not pardoned – either of them, one baked and one fried – and happy I’m not having the dinner at our house this time. 😉

Safe travels and happy turkey day, y’all.

November 28, 2013 – 1:41 am

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone South of the Border, safe travels and happy camping for those that are… 

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November 28, 2013 – 7:06 am

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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November 28, 2013 – 9:37 am

Happy Thanksgiving….

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November 29, 2013 – 7:52 am

Hoping everyone had wonderful holiday and an even better Christmas. 🙂

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November 29, 2013 – 9:27 pm

Hope that everyone enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and first night of Hanukkah!

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