“Top 10 Reasons to Give Thanks This Thanksgiving Season!”
Ty J. Young Editorial
Everyone recognizes Thanksgiving as a great American holiday. It is a time for football games, shopping, and lots of eating. Most Americans also remember the original and primary reason for the holiday: a time to reflect and give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. Being born and raised as an American, your blessings are abundant; many people in other countries are not afforded the many opportunities we have.
The history is well known – the pilgrims and Puritans at Plymouth Rock sat down in 1621 to celebrate the harvest and give thanks to God for the abundant blessings they received that year. But there are also little known fun facts about our truly American Thanksgiving celebration:
1. Thomas Jefferson thought delivering a federal Thanksgiving proclamation was “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.”
2. The average roundtrip Thanksgiving visit is 214 miles, compared to 275 for Christmas.
3. The Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.
4. Not all states were eager to adopt Thanksgiving because some thought the national government was exercising too much power in declaring a national holiday. Additionally, southern states were hesitant to observe what was largely a New England practice.
5. The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876.
From the Ty J. Young Inc. family, here is our top 10 list!
Top 10 Reasons to give Thanks this Thanksgiving Season:
10. Football! Whether it is a friendly game with family members in the backyard, a high school state playoff game on Friday night, college football’s “Rivalry Weekend” across the country, or the pro-games after the Thanksgiving meal, football has been and remains a featured staple of the Thanksgiving holiday!
9. Buttered Rolls. Whether it’s your momma’s, or your Grand-momma’s, nothing beats the buttered roll, which you rarely get the rest of the year and always seems to taste the best on Thanksgiving!
8. The post-meal nap. Falling asleep on your couch while little kid relatives destroy lamps, carpet, and let loose animals in the backyard, is a requirement for a successful Thanksgiving holiday!
7. Apple Pie. Warm apple pie, with some vanilla ice cream … can we skip the meal and go straight to dessert?
6. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In our hyper-fast-paced social media environment and culture, it is hard to get anyone to sit down to watch a simple parade anymore. But the pageantry, the historic tradition, and the nostalgia it provides for a simpler time makes watching the parade a regular feature of many households on Thanksgiving Day.
5. The Gravy. Whether your family serves gravy old-school with drippings off the turkey fat, pan-fried, rich and creamy, dark, light, thick, or thin… the fundamental requirement of any great Thanksgiving feast is a hefty serving of gravy!
4. The Stuffing. When you research “Thanksgiving Stuffing,” you realize there are hundreds of ways to make stuffing and all of them sound great! Everyone knows Thanksgiving is not complete without a healthy plate full of your mom’s stuffing!
3. The Turkey. Not number one? Well, some other rather important items come up on Thanksgiving, such as family and giving thanks. However, having and eating, the turkey cannot be any lower on the list! Dry or juicy, the “bird” is what everyone is looking forward to at dinner time!
2. Spending time with Family. Yes there is the cousin who does not shower or your sister’s spouse who spiked the fruit juice, but, in the end there is nothing better or more important than spending time with your loved ones. Giving thanks for having your family is a reminder of the truly important things in life.
1. Being an American. While the old red, white and blue can seem to be fraying around the edges and the news each day always seems to have something negative to say, there is simply no question or doubt that we live in the greatest country in the history of the world. We are Americans with a capital “A!” The history, success, inventions, achievement, and cultural dominance … ALL represent a people that cannot be equaled. That is God’s divine hand on our nation, and His unique blessing on our people. As Ronald Reagan once said during his second Thanksgiving Day speech in 1982: “I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom.”
Ultimately, all of our thanks goes to God for what he has given us here on this earth.
America—land of the free, home of the brave—our election season is over, and the country remains divided in many respects. But remember the spirit of the season—we should be truly thankful for the abundance we have in our lives!
For many, this will be a difficult and challenging Thanksgiving season. But that does not mean God’s plan is not working. His plan has always been the right plan for our lives, regardless of the peaks and valleys we may endure.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone from your extended family at Ty J. Young, Inc.!
– Colman, Penny. Thanksgiving: The True Story. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2008.