Thanksgiving is a special time. It has roots in harvest celebrations that recede into a past that no one knows how long they have been going on. The idea of a harvest celebration is so natural that nobody has any complaint.
Even more important is our current observance of an autumn celebration at a time in history when there is no societal memory of actual crop harvests. We celebrate the day because it is part of our American heritage. The actual observance of Thanksgiving Day as a holiday is peculiarly an American tradition. We have hijacked an international idea and made it our own.
Colonists from Europe started appearing in large numbers on American shores in the seventeenth century. At first, their prospects were not good. A world-wide cold-snap was in full swing. That time is known as the Little Ice Age by scientists and climatologists. Winters were extremely cold, and growing seasons were short. People left Europe because of political and religious reasons, some of which were brought about by the inhospitable climate.
Today, I am thankful for our national tradition and ability to succeed. I will ignore our current march towards economic and political lethargy. I will forget for one day incompetent leadership. I will remember the blessings God has lavished on my family.
Thank you to all my friends who are more than their race, economic condition, or political beliefs.
Thank God for our salvation.