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Thanksgiving Thoughts!

Thanksgiving Thoughts!

Pondering the importance of the National Day of Thanksgiving unites us with thoughts of peace and gratitude.

Thanksgiving started as a harvest festival and is primarily celebrated in America and Canada.  It is a holidaypilgram woman to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and loving relationships.

Did you know.....Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various different dates throughout history?  It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing two years earlier to move the date up to give the country an economic boost with a longer Christmas selling season, signed a bill into law, with congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday and proclaiming it to be the fourth Thursday in November.

Our forefathers celebrated a year of abundance in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation.  102 Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620.  The first year they lost 46 original settlers but with the help of 91 native Americans they survived the winter and expressed gratitude for their fall harvest with a three day festival.  Traditionally, this has been known as the "First Thanksgiving."

George Washington shared the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." 

Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations help reinforce our need for peace and gratitude. 

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Let's make EVERY day a day of Thanks GIVING.  This year let's live the "GIVE" in Thanksgiving together.



"Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving." ~Joseph Auslander

"Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God." ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

"O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." ~William Shakespeare

More thoughtful Thanksgiving quotes from the quote garden

Looking for some Thanksgiving cooking fun?

140 Thanksgiving Recipes: The Ultimate Recipe Collection!

Everything you could possibly think of for Thanksgiving..... potatoes, stuffing, gravy...


Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Squash Cakes

Forgotten Yams

Five Ingredient Stuffing

Sweet Potato Cashew Casserole

Holiday Sweet Potato Bake

Cinnamon-Honey Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Spicy Pumpkin Side Dish

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean and Potato Casserole

Savory Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing

Giblet Pan Gravy

Crockpot Stuffing

Corn Souffle

Yams and Apples

Cornbread Stuffing

Apple Stuffing

Thanksgiving Day Sausage Stuffing

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Herb Stuffing

Maple Brushed Sweet Potato Bake with Spiced Pecan Streusel

Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Streusel

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Senator Russell's Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Orange Casserole

Sausage, Rice and Craisin Stuffing

Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

Vibrant Green Beans

Apple Herb Stuffing

Delicious Mashed Potatoes

Chestnut Stuffing

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Meat Gravy

Mashed Potatoes with Corn

Festive Cranberry Stuffing

Sweet Potato Poi

Ham and Sweet Potato Casserole

Peach Pecan Cornbread Dressing


Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your day with friends and family I'll leave you with one last Thanksgiving Thought!

"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear


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Comment balloon 16 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • November 20 2010 10:14PM


Howdy and evening to you Carra

Carra, what a mighty fine blog post about Thanksgiving. More folks in our Country sure should stop more often to really think about the thing they have been given. And live with more giving in their lives.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

Dale ~  Thanks for stopping by and you have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra ~ thanks for the brush up on the Thanksgiving history.  I had forgotten some of that.  I hope you enjoy your holiday!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 10 years ago
Carra: I passed my computer over to my wife so she could check out your post and its recipes. I knew she would enjoy the message ... and relish the chance to add something new to our holiday meal. I'm taking this opportunity to say thank you once again ... for all your have graciously offered me throughout this past year. Your wisdom, your assistance, your guidance, and your friendship. Each is treasured ... I send best wishes for a very happy holiday celebration to you and yours ... Gene
Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 10 years ago

Dawn ~  You are most welcome.. If you have time I am going to be in Broomfield, CO on Black Friday and would love to meet you in person.. 300 Nickel from 10 to 2 at the Calico Book Store!

Gene ~  You are my hero.. you are so appreciative and considerate.. I thank you right back for being such a wonderful person and always helping anyone in need!  I hope you find something fun in those 140 recipes.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, thanks so much for sharing all of this with is the gratitude thing which we sometimes forget about too...the recipes are awesome..i'm clicking through..happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Early Happy Thanksgiving to you Carra.  Great post and thanks for all the recipes.  I love this time of year because it's a chance to take the time to appreciate my family and friends.  Enjoy yours!

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 10 years ago

Ginny ~  Happy Thanksgiving to you too!  I thought if I got it out early it would give people ideas... feel free to use all the links!

Bryan ~  Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!  We do have to stop and appreciate all we have right next to us!  Again.. feel free to use all the links.. sharing is what makes blogging fun!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Hi Cara, a couple of days ago I was on the internet looking at Thanksgiving recipes not knowing what a wealth of them you had here; thanks for sharing.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 10 years ago

Teral ~  Happy Thanksgiving!   Use the link... there are 140 fun recipes!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, thanks for a wonderful post and providing such great information,  Thanks for the recipes. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 10 years ago

Rebecca~  Happy Thanksgiving to you too!  Fun stuff to share. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

For some reason your second picture is not showing up. L My other half is the cook and the historian in the house, so I’ll point him this way for the recipes and the historian lesson.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago

Hello Jim and Happy Thanksgiving ~  There is only one picture and the video.. so it seems to be all there!  The recipes are fun! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Wow that is quite some post!  It not only has some great Thanksgiving history, but some awesome recipes!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) about 10 years ago


I love the part of being thankful everyday.  Thanks for sharing this as well as a load of recipes.  All the best R & A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 10 years ago