Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! It is a wonderful time of the year for millions of homes all over America and beyond. The food is usually very good but the family ties are even more important. It is so wonderful have people to love and to have people who love you. Sometimes it is blood kin and other times church family. Both are very important.
My mom and dad use to keep the phone busy during the holidays calling loved ones and friends. Now I find that I follow in that family tradition. I still try to send cards but then there is nothing like hearing the voice of a loved one or friend.
Nearly 400 years ago in 1620, more than 100 people sailing in a ship called the Mayflower left England bound for the New World. Many of those on board were part of a religious group intent on separating from the Church of England, their beliefs outlawed in their home country. Because of the religious intent of their journey, these people referred to themselves as Pilgrims.
Instead of arriving at the southern coast of what would become the United States as intended, their ship instead drifted further north, landing hem in Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. They eventually settled in an abandoned Native American village that they named Plymouth.
Half of the colonists died the first year and the rest would have followed had it not been for the aid of the Wampanoag Indians. In exchange for protection against rival tribes, the Wampanoag allowed the colonists to live on their land and taught them how to grow crops, as the grain varieties they brought from England were ill-suited for their new home. The natives also instructed the Pilgrims on how to hunt and fish.
By the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims adapted to their new home, and decided to organize a special day of prayer and a three day long feast. They invited the natives who brought a feast of their own upon joining the colonists.
Similar harvest festivals were common in Europe, and other “thanksgivings” were common in the early American colonies to celebrate safe arrival. Spanish colonists, for example had a similar meal in Texas 100 years earlier.
In 1789, Congress passed a resolution recommending a national day of thanksgiving. Days later President George Washington named Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Public Thanksgiving.” President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation in 1863 that cemented Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November, a tradition that held until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the celebration to one week earlier to extend the holiday shopping season. The rest is history.
A Reminder for all Correspondents of this paper – Our annual Christmas party will be at Peach Blossom Hall on Tuesday December 1 at 12 Noon. Bring a small gift and a dish for our buffet. If there are any questions please call me at 615-389-5495.
The 2015 Adairville Chamber Christmas Dinner is set for Tuesday December 1 at Costello’s Café. at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Robert Brock the Kentucky Chautauqua speaker who portrays Mark Twain. Tickets are $20 each. Contact the Adairville City Hall for tickets. (Costello’s Café is located on the town square.) Please try to attend.
This is flea market weekend in Nashville at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Stop by and see me. I am in the Agriculture Building and will be selling cinnamon roasted pecans. This is the sixth largest flea market in America. Come see this big event and go home with some great bargains.
100 years ago, today, in 1915 Europe was involved in World War I. Millions had been killed and millions more wounded or imprisoned. The USA had not yet entered the war and was officially neutral. The worst was yet to come.
Like many of you, I had relatives that ended up serving in the War and in some cases suffering terrible injuries. One of my uncles, Preston Ford, was gassed while fighting in France. He came back to Smyrna, Tennessee and married my aunt Floye. He resumed his life as a farmer and together he and my aunt raised two children and were married 65 years. On occasion Uncle Preston told of the many horrors of the war. He was also a proud member of the American Legion for over 60 years.
Please remember to send a Christmas Card to a recovering American serviceman who has been injured fighting for our country. Get your Sunday school class, church, club or school to send cards. The address is: A Recovering American Soldier, C.O. Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 6900 Georgia Avenue, Washington NW, D.C. 20307-5001.
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.