If one of your Thanksgiving dinner traditions is for everyone around the table to tell what they’re thankful for, in case your favorites are taken before it’s your turn, here are three more.
MAKAHIKI: Long before the Pilgrims, Native Hawaiians celebrated Makahiki, which lasted from November through February. During this longest thanksgiving in the world, both work and war were forbidden.
SARAH HALE (1788-1879): Author of hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” Hale was considered the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” She convinced President Lincoln to proclaim a national holiday on the last Thursday in November, when harvests were done and elections were over. She said it would “awaken Americans’ hearts to love of home and country, thankfulness to God, and peace.”
ROTO-ROOTER: This is one of the “practical essentials” to be grateful for after Thanksgiving. On the true (Stopped Up) Black Friday after Thanksgiving, Roto-Rooter and other major plumbing services are at their busiest, cleaning up sewer problems.
My family wishes your families a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. If you’re eager to welcome in the Christmas season, feel free to begin singing “Jingle Bells”…which was originally written as a Thanksgiving song.