Recently my family has instituted a new holiday, ThanksChristmas. Because we were all together for Thanksgiving and won't be able to be together for Christmas, a new holiday was born.
The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in America has its roots in British Harvest Festivals and in American history. In 1620, a group of more than 100 Puritans fleeing religious persecution, settled in a town called Plymouth in what is now Massachusetts. The Pilgrims' first winter was so harsh that fewer than 50 of the group survived the season.
The next spring, Native Americans taught them how to get sap out of the maple trees and how to plant corn and other crops. The harvest was successful, and the Pilgrims had enough food for the winter. Plymouth Colony's Governor, William Bradford, decided to throw a Harvest Festival and invited the colony's Native neighbors to take part.
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed. -- GeorgeWashington - October 3, 1789
Thanksgiving holiday, she wrote letters to five Presidents. Her initial letters failed to persuade, but the letter she wrote to Lincoln did convince him to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863.
There are many things I’m thankful for, but I am truly thankful for my family. We have instituted a new holiday at our house called ThanksChristmas. Because this year we were all together for the Thanksgiving holiday and weren't able to be together for Christmas we combined the two. I think that the holidays blend together wonderfully. I will try to explain why.