Even before we finished off the Thanksgiving turkey it was time to take down the Thanksgiving decorations and start decorating for Christmas. Thanksgiving came later than usual this year. So December began a mere four days after Thanksgiving Day.
In 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the date for Thanksgiving from the traditional fourth Thursday in November to the third Thursday in November. That year, traditional Thanksgiving Day would otherwise occur on November 30. The US economy was not good with the country coming out of the great depression, World War II was beginning in Europe and retailers felt that the shortened Christmas shopping season would be devastating for businesses. So Roosevelt issued a Presidential Proclamation changing the date of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.
The Proclamation was met with confusion and dismay by many. Football was king even then, and games would need to be re-scheduled. School vacations would need to be changed and all calendars would be incorrect. Roosevelt's political enemies loudly questioned the President's authority to change the date of Thanksgiving. The Proclamation was so divisive that many states decided not to abide by it and to keep the original Thanksgiving date. In fact, twenty-three states kept the original date for celebrating Thanksgiving Day and twenty-three states followed the Proclamation and celebrated Thanksgiving on the third Thursday. The folks in Colorado and Texas were lucky...they celebrated two Thanksgiving Days that year; one on the third Thursday and another on the fourth Thursday. Roosevelt changed the date to the second-to-last Thursday in November again in 1940 and more states followed that date.
In 1941 Congress passed a law that Thanksgiving Day would be on the fourth Thursday in November. And so it has been. I must admit, I wish we had kept it the third Thursday. I think it just might give it the attention it deserves. Now it seems Thanksgiving is almost forgotten under the rush to Christmas. And it's one of my favorite holidays.
We always enjoy Thanksgiving whether we are with family and friends or just the two of us. And a too-large turkey. We had a quiet day but we felt rushed to move toward the Christmas season too soon afterward.
Lucy does not recognize anything special about Thanksgiving. Unlike many pet owners, we do not give her any turkey or dressing. We did give her some freeze-dried sweet potato treats that she loves and she was quite happy with that.
Like many dogs, Lucy sleeps in a variety of positions. Sometimes she stretches out full length and other times she curls up like a cat. (My husband prefers that we can it curling up like a puppy.)
She stirred when I approached with the camera.
But then quickly snoozed again.
These past few weeks have been troublesome in our country and in many places around the world. Today's quote comes from a few lyrics of a song written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller:
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
Let peace begin with me let this be the moment now.
With every step I take let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth and let it being with me.
We are indeed brothers and sisters on this planet and peace will come only when we recognize that fact and stop isolating ourselves from the rest of the nation and world. We're all in this together and what affects one affects us all.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND PEACEFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE