Thanksgiving has always been a day for doing the thing that it is entitled……giving thanks…..
And as usual the Old Professor wants to add some history to your day of rest and good food……
Thanksgiving is a peculiar holiday, at least in the modern world. Its roots are religious, and the American nation is, at least in law, secular. Its very name speaks of thanks, or gratitude, and gratitude is an ancient virtue. Indeed Aristotle speaks highly of it. Even so, or perhaps for that reason, it is very American. In his Thanksgiving address in 1922, President Coolidge called it “perhaps the most characteristic of our national observances.” He was not wrong for, as Chesterton wrote, America is “a nation with the soul of a church,” and Abraham Lincoln called us an “almost chosen people.”
The holiday reminds us, in other words, of the peculiar character of the American nation, and of the President’s role in it. Strictly speaking, to be an American is to be an American citizen. When one calls someone an American, the first definition one usually has in mind is political. By contrast, when one says that someone is Chinese or Turkish, the first thought is of an ethnic or racial identity. Even so, there is an American culture. Hence it is very common to say that something is “very American.” Thanksgiving itself deserves that moniker. Is it a constitutional observance? That’s an open question.
Now that we have had our history lesson of this day…..may you enjoy your day and your food…..
Today is the day we set aside to give thanks for all we have and the people in our lives that we cherish……
I would like to give thanks to all my followers, visitors and commenters…..I never thought that this project would be up and running after 12 years……I started my blog on Blogger (no compensation) it was titled “Studies and Observations” after about 18 months a switched over to Word Press and change the title to “In Saner Thought” which was the title of a self-published book of poetry of mine in the 1970s…..
I will do very little today but cook and then go to my daughter’s house for the meal…..turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Made from scratch Mac and Cheese, green bean casserole, green peas, cranberry sauce (jellied not whole berry) bread and gravy with peach cobbler for dessert……and after the meal we will sit around the table in their garden and drink a bit of sherry and/or brandy……I would play golf but I would rather have my toes removed one at a time……NO! I will sit on my ass and enjoy the day and my granddaughter…..
So thank you every one……I cannot express my appreciation for you all in mere words….
Let us not forget about our troops that are fighting endless wars and that are away from their families on this day for families…..give thanx that they are on duty and on watch……
This will be my only post today……I hope all have a very good day and a restful day……enjoy your food, family and football and I will be back tomorrow (even if it is Black Friday)……tomorrow will be a light posting day as well……”Honey dos” and such……chuq