In between oh! so mistakenly, stabbing that glutton family member with a fork for making a bee line for the only turkey drumstick left or the buzzed uncle making a pass on the wife—sure Felix! Heavens to Murgatroyd of course you thought she was your High school squeeze, that was in the 50’s? more like 1850’s. AND Please! you know we all have them, I know what you are thinking; not those but close enough. Yes, I’m talking about a Republican family member or friend. As much as I may rant about Obama, every time a Republican opens his or her mouth I lose it. However, it’s the holidays and we’re supposed to be on our best behavior, my wife has a cattle prod ready for me should I say ” %$^&*! Republican effers, die, die, die! trust me it hardly ever happens–REALLY. I’m still trying to figure out how going out in the cold, half drunk to pretend that we ( Men) are football players became a thanksgiving tradition. Here is a few examples on how other folks celebrate Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving (French: l’Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is mostly celebrated in a secular manner. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in all provinces in Canada, except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. While businesses may remain open in these provinces, the holiday is nonetheless recognized and celebrated regardless of its status.
In the West Indian island of Grenada, there is a national holiday known as Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated on October 25. Even though it bears the same name, and is celebrated at roughly the same time as the American and Canadian versions of Thanksgiving, this holiday is unrelated to either of those celebrations. Instead the holiday marks the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the island in 1983, in response to the deposition and execution of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
In the West African country of Liberia, which began in 1820 with the colonization of freed black slaves (Americo-Liberians) from the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the first Thursday of November.
Many of the Pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609–1620, many of whom had recorded their births, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk. To commemorate this, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, to commemorate the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World.
In the Australian external territory of Norfolk Island, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Wednesday of November, similar to the pre-World War II American observance on the last Thursday of the month. This means the Norfolk Island observance is the day before or six days after the United States’ observance. The holiday was brought to the island by visiting American whaling ships.
Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a celebration of the blessings of the (agricultural) year, including the harvest.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, Erntedankfest, is an early October, German Christian festival. The festival has a significant religious component to it, but also, like its North American counterpart, includes large harvest dinners (consisting mostly of autumn crops) and parades. The Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest generally takes place within the vicinity of Erntedankfest.
Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō Kansha no Hi?) is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday, which was adopted during the American occupation after World War II, cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. It has roots in an ancient harvest ceremony (Niiname-sai (新嘗祭?)) celebrating hard work.
Of course we’re Americans so we tend to favor tall tales,Yes we can!, sorry drifted a bit there not hinting of a tall tale promise made to the American people, REALLY, so it is no surprise that we favor the fantastical story that the Pilgrims invited Indians, yes I know but it is how it was taught to my generation, over for an early version of another great American- tradition the BBQ. I wonder if those guys played football? probably not, I mean who would guard the Muskets and Tomahawks? See it was almost like modern times. The reality is most likely to be that the Pilgrims/puritans continued their old world tradition of Days of Fasting also referred to as Thanksgiving to celebrate the years harvest. However it came to be, Thanksgiving; is a day for us to be thankful for the good things in our lives especially family and friends—in that spirit I like to thank you all for your friendship and wish you and yours a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving.