Thought For The Day 11/28/13

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

Edward Sandford Martin

http://www.quotegarden.com/thanksgiving.html

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The first Thanksgiving I wrote my “Thought”, I chose a more secular theme for my post. You see, as I have come to learn, there is room in each heart and mind, for all manner of ideas and thoughts to be enjoyed. And there are few days more important, than one set aside for expressing our thanks for those things and people in our lives, that mean the most to us. 

Now we Americans may think we know all there is to know about this day, but then I discovered a list of questions, some of whose answers, eluded me. So I decided to get you to put your thinking caps on, and see how many you know the answer to. And thus today’s throwback “Thought” was conceived and delivered!

Mandy 

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Thought For The Day 11/24/11

On the 4th Thursday in November, most Americans will be joining together with family and friends to celebrate a day, set aside by our national leaders, as a day for which we offer thanks for our many blessings. As not only a federal but one of the most popular holidays as well, Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year, and, together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader “holiday season”.

Now make no mistake, by my words, I do not condone the “Happy Holiday” wishes that are pervasive in today’s society. I firmly believe that the “Christmas Season” was ordained as such by a higher authority than that of man. However, I do accept that the collective weeks encompassed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, are, indeed, times for joy, laughter, and love, which we all must share with those we hold dear.

I do want to share with you all a bit of history about this day of thanks shared by the people of this nation but I thought it might be fun to test your Thanksgiving “smarts” with a little quiz. The answers to the questions, will appear at the bottom of this post…..DON’T PEAK!!! And while I know we all knew the answer to these questions at one time, having been taught about our nations early years while in school, I suspect that you and I both have forgotten some of the history that has led us to proclaim this Thursday as a national day to offer thanks!

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The Thanksgiving Quiz

What year did the pilgrims have their first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. 1620
  2. 1621
  3. 1624
  4. 1777
  5. 1985

What type of meat probably was NOT on the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving menu?

  1. beef
  2. fish
  3. lobster
  4. fowl
  5. venison

The Horn of Plenty which symbolizes abundance is also called what?

  1. dunce cap
  2. corn you cope
  3. fruit basket
  4. cornucopia
  5. bushel basket

In 1676, a day of thanksgiving was proclaimed to take place during what month?

  1. May
  2. June
  3. Oct
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

What President didn’t like the idea of having a national Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Lincoln
  2. Truman
  3. Jefferson
  4. Roosevelt
  5. Kennedy

Who is credited with leading the crusade to establish Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale
  3. Sarah Lee
  4. Sarah Todd
  5. Sarah Palin

Which vegetable or fruit was NOT on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. watercress
  2. berries
  3. pumpkin
  4. corn
  5. potatoes

Which President moved the date of Thanksgiving twice?

  1. F D Roosevelt
  2. Nixon
  3. Teddy Roosevelt
  4. Lincoln
  5. Jefferson

The reason Thanksgiving was moved up a week was…?

  1. because the public wanted it
  2. to lengthen the Christmas shopping season
  3. to ward off evil spirits
  4. to put it in line with the original Thanksgiving ceremony
  5. so it would be warmer weather

When Congress made Thanksgiving an official holiday, they set the date as…?

  1. the 3rd Thursday in November
  2. the 4th Thursday in November
  3. the last Thursday in November
  4. November 24th
  5. the second Monday in October

Most people have been taught that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians. The Pilgrims, a separatist English church, negotiated a pilgrimage to this new world, to escape religious persecution. Arriving on the shores of this country, many were ill-equipped to survive this hostile environment and the frigid climate of the New England region. Many did not survive. However, the Native American community of that region, adopted, if you will, this community, teaching them the techniques necessary to survive life in this new land. And to celebrate the generosity of heart of the people, and the successes of lessons well learned about farming, the two cultures joined together. We all know that the harvest celebration began in the fall and was celebrated jointly. Lasting three days, this gathering, while not really a feast, was a three-day celebration and was, most probably, a simple gathering with feasting on such delicacies as boiled pumpkin, fried bread, fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums.

It is known that subsequent days of celebration did not include the Native population, who, by this time had been deemed to be a group of heathens as well as a hindrance to their quest for more land, so the good will shared at the first feast had long been lost. However, the celebratory feasting tradition continued and  in October of 1777 all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. Now while President Washington wanted to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving, many opposed celebrating a time of hardship for so many of the early settlers. However, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote articles and championed the cause to designate this day a holiday. And, finally, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving and it has been a fixture of late November ever since. Finally, in 1941, Thanksgiving was sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

And so, this special day, join with those you hold dear. Think about all that you have to be thankful for. Then bow your heads, pray, and ask for God’s mercy on the many who are suffering in, not just our country, but our world as well. With each news story we see and each new person from every nation added to our community as one collective group, under God, our world is becoming smaller and smaller…..our neighbors across the ocean nearer and nearer.  What a wondrous thing if the concept of a day set apart, worldwide, to give thanks, grew and grew with a life of its own. Let us dare to dream of the time, hopefully within our lifetimes, when the WORLD joins together on the fourth Thursday of November to offer thanks for our collective blessings!

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The Thanksgiving Quiz Answers

What year did the pilgrims have their first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. 1620
  2. 1621  (X)
  3. 1624
  4. 1777
  5. 1985

What type of meat probably was NOT on the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving menu?

  1. beef  (X)
  2. fish
  3. lobster
  4. fowl
  5. venison

The Horn of Plenty which symbolizes abundance is also called what?

  1. dunce cap
  2. corn you cope
  3. fruit basket
  4. cornucopia  (X)
  5. bushel basket

In 1676, a day of thanksgiving was proclaimed to take place during what month?

  1. May
  2. June  (X)
  3. Oct
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

What President didn’t like the idea of having a national Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Lincoln
  2. Truman
  3. Jefferson  (X)
  4. Roosevelt
  5. Kennedy

Who is credited with leading the crusade to establish Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale  (X)
  3. Sarah Lee
  4. Sarah Todd
  5. Sarah Palin

Which vegetable or fruit was NOT on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. watercress
  2. berries
  3. pumpkin
  4. corn
  5. potatoes  (X)

Which President moved the date of Thanksgiving twice?

  1. F D Roosevelt  (X)
  2. Nixon
  3. Teddy Roosevelt
  4. Lincoln
  5. Jefferson

The reason Thanksgiving was moved up a week was…?

  1. because the public wanted it
  2. to lengthen the Christmas shopping season  (X)
  3. to ward off evil spirits
  4. to put it in line with the original Thanksgiving ceremony
  5. so it would be warmer weather

When Congress made Thanksgiving an official holiday, they set the date as…?

  1. the 3rd Thursday in November
  2. the 4th Thursday in November  (X)
  3. the last Thursday in November
  4. November 24th
  5. the second Monday in October

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

Philippians 4:6 NASB

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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