Well, one thing we have done for years or should I say my wife has done is to, invite people we really do not know. She will invite people who have no family or no place to go for Thanksgiving. I love the Norman Rockwell photo I placed on this post, but our house does not look like that.
One year she invited several sailors from the Tall-Ships out of San Pedro Harbor. We had two sailors named Tiny and Ben show up. It was cool to talk with them about their adventures sailing a ship that is over 100 years old. We have had senior citizens come that could not afford a nice meal. Talking to them about their life was amazing. We have had single folks, divorcees, families and so many friends, neighbors, and relatives over for Thanksgiving.
My kids have wondered why we invite such a crew. I think now they get it.
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.
So why do we do it? Well I am glad you asked. First to thank God for what He has provided. We also share our food with folks we do not know and like the colonist. I think that is a big part of who we are as Americans. Sharing with people. You also realize, we are so blessed to meet all these new and wonderful people.
Thanks to everyone and have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!!