Thanksgiving; More Than The Day Before “Black Friday”!

Thanksgiving in the United States started in the 1600’s with a day of observance through prayer and service at Plimoth Plantation (June 20, 1610). A few Thanksgiving observances were held over the next century and, with the Proclamation issued by President George Washington, October 3, 1789, the forerunner of the traditional Thanksgiving was held, the third Thursday of November.

As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington issued a proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.

In the midst of the ravages of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving be held on the final Thursday of every year.

“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 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, tranquility and Union.

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 United States the eighty-eighth. –  Abraham Lincoln, President”

We hope y’all have a wonderful day of thanks with family and friends! And if you’d like to celebrate in grand Southern style, we’d love to see you here at Picán on this special day!