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ON NOVEMBER 26TH of this year, millions of Americans will gather around the family table to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, just as they have done every year since the Pilgrims joined with the Native Americans in a feast of the harvest.  This is a time for remembrance of good times and blessed gifts.  Children learn the story of Thanksgiving in school, while friends and relatives raise their voices in yet one more rendition of “We Gather Together….”  This is a good time.

 

To some, Thanksgiving Day is a spiritual celebration, to others a secular one.  In any case, it has the singular advantage of being the only “prayerful” holiday celebrated in this country by all Americans at the same time.  There is no split-up based on which religion you are or were or sometimes purport to be.  There is just America experiencing gratitude. 

   –It reminds of something Meister Eckhart, the 14th century mystic, once said to a man who wasn’t very religious, but who was asking his advice. “If all you ever say is ‘thank you,’” he said, “it would suffice.”

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE CHRISTIAN, WHAT BETTER PIECE OF JEWELRY TO WEAR (OR TO GIVE) THAN A CROSS?  HERE ARE SOME LOVELY ONES:

 

 

 

 

  • Rugged cross pendant in silver and gold plate.

 

                                     

                                                  A Little History

 

AND SO, WE SAY “THANK YOU,” just as we have done for a very long time.  But, when did it all really start?  Well, there is some controversy over that.  The “pilgrim” dinner of 1621 is perhaps the most famous beginning, but most historians say that feast had little in common with our present Thanksgiving Day. Surprised?  We were, too.

 

Many contend that the first real Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565. It seems that French Calvinists landed in Florida the year before, in1564, having left Europe hoping to escape the bloody sectarian fighting between Catholics and Protestants.  Their feast was a true thanksgiving for a new home and country.

 

On an official level, however, Thanksgiving in the United States began with President Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863.  And despite changes and evolutions and ball games and parades and big turkey dinners, it has stayed pretty much the same all through the years.  

 

WHEREVER YOU ARE ON THANKSGIVING DAY, IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN YOU’LL BE DINING ON TURKEY AND ENJOYING GOOD COMPANY.  IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING YOU’LL BE DRESSED IN YOUR FINEST.  HOW ABOUT ACCESSORIZING THOSE OUTFITS WITH THIS JEWELRY?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          Here Comes the Big Parade

 

ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFUL national events on this day-of-days is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This year marks its 83rd proud march through midtown Manhattan, as it carves out a slightly new route along 7th Avenue to 34th Street, site of Macy’s famed flagship store. 

 

The extraordinary parade is filled with balloons, floats, bands, and singing and dancing stars from a bevy of Broadway shows.  It is a fantastic exhibition, and people flood into New York from all over the world to personally view it.  More than 44 million people watch the 3-hour event on television each year. 

 

Here comes Ronald McDonald.  Mr. Potato Head.  Sponge Bob Square Pants.  And dozens and dozens more. Felix the Cat was the first balloon to enter the big parade, back in 1927.  In 1934, Mickey Mouse came on the scene.

 

                                 Visitor from the North Pole!

 

There is one over-riding parade event that thrills the body and soul and brings us all back to childhood again.  That is the arrival, at the very end of the parade, of SANTA CLAUS!  Oh…has there ever been a more magnificent Santa?  Has he ever had a more glamorous red outfit, a more fabulous big white beard, a merrier, jellier belly? 

 

Santa is back again and with all of this, the Christmas Season, 2009, begins.  How wonderful that, with all our present day problems, we still choose to start it with gratitude.  With Thanksgiving!   

 

   –Happy Day, everybody!

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