Somewhere in my files at home, I have paperwork that my Cahoon ancestry stretches back to the Mayflower. Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island is also in our family tree. We also have membership in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).
I’m not trying to brag here. But I am proud of my heritage as a member of the founding families of America. On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks and honor those that came before us. We honor those brave men and women who were pilgrims coming to this country for the first time and surviving the journey behind them and the one in front of them. Many did not survive. And of course, others did –or we wouldn’t be having turkey this time of year, along with the feast of gratitude, remembrance and celebration.
Thanksgiving is also special to me because my birthday is around this time and every seven years it falls on this fourth Thursday of the month of November. The next time it falls on my birthday will be in 2015.
Thanksgiving traditionally is a time for friends and family to come together and feast on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables, such as candied yams and peas, along with desserts of pecan and pumpkin pies. The holiday also offers parades such as Macy’s thanksgiving parade which ushers in the Christmas season and a host of football games. Black Friday in recent years has become more and more popular with stores and shoppers – it’s the day when retailers make the most money and sets the tone for the make-it or break-it season of retailer profitability. Many shoppers consider Black Friday a second holiday in and of itself –although it’s not really an official holiday! (Thank goodness!)
Thanksgiving Day was celebrated first by the Massachusetts Colony pilgrims in 1723 to celebrate the end of long and hard drought. Almost fifty years later, President George Washington declared it a national holiday in 1789 and it became an annual holiday throughout the United States in 1863.
When I get together with my family this Thanksgiving, we do eat turkey and stuff ourselves. My sister is the cook in the family and uses my mother’s recipes. All I can say is Yum!! We have our own traditions of course, which includes going to the movies and then celebrating my nephew’s and my birthdays with a trip to a fancy restaurant. A good time of celebration filled with laughter, family, strong drink and good cheer. Indeed, I do appreciate this time of year and am so grateful for all my blessings.
Here’s to you and your family—wishing you all the very best this Thanksgiving season.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon and the Divine Guidance Team
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole Being
Part 5 of Things That Go Bump in the Night will appear next Wednesday!