The Real Reason for Thanksgiving

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  1. Godsdrummer

    Godsdrummer Guest

    It has nothing to do with the pilgrims and the native americans sitting down for a meal because they were thankful for surviving a harsh winter. That story may have happened, just like St Nick delivered some gifts to kids back in the day.

    But just like Santa isnt the reason for Christmas, so it is that the pilgrims and native americans have really nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

    So why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving day?

    This was written and delivered in 1863. That was during the height of the civil war. Over 115,000 Americans died on the battlefields that year. There were 3 significant battles that year.

    During all of that bloodshed, President Lincoln found things to be Thankful for, and issued a proclamation that became, Thanksgiving day.

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

    The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

    Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

    No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

    I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquUnion. illity and
    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
    Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln
    William H. Seward,
    Secretary of State
  2. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    My family celebrates Thanksgiving, because we used to live in there in the States :> awesome tradition
  3. betteroffunknown

    betteroffunknown Well-Known Member

    it's a good thing to remember those things we're thankful for. we tend to look away from that too much.
  4. sucidalgirl99

    sucidalgirl99 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting! I'm Persian but live in the States, so my family celbrates Thanksgiving.
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