In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Today people gather with family and friends watching parades and football and feasting on delectable food. For my family it is a quiet day. Mr. Dollycas with be cooking with assistance of our youngest daughter. Our oldest daughter and grandsons will be celebrating with her boyfriend’s family. Our granddaughter will be with her mom and her family. So it will just be the four of us. My daughter and I will be probably curled up with a good book. My youngest son and husband will be alternating between football and movies. For me it will be a much needed day away from this computer. All of us will have Kris on out minds. Without him, holidays are so different. More somber with a longing that he was still here with us. It is the 2nd time we have done the holidays without him but these days the pain can be the same as it was immediately after his death. I think that is why we just do our own things because together looking around the room without him in it is just too hard to accept. We all have our ways of coping but it is so hard on these big holidays we tend to stay apart to protect out hearts.
We will be okay. We want you to have a happy day, filled with family, love, and laughter. Cherish your time together. Leave the rocky political controversies at the door and just enjoy each other company and make some good memories! And of course eat lots of turkey, mashed potatoes and squash and pie! Lots and lots of pie!!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!