Monday, November 22, 2010

By George, I think he got it!

It's Motivational Monday AND Thanksgiving week! What a wonderful time to remind ourselves of our blessings.

That said, for many people the start of the holiday season also means the expectation - I dare say obligation - to stuff ourselves as much as the turkey.

So, I thought is would be reassuring that NO WHERE in the original Thanksgiving Proclamation signed October 3, 1789 by George Washington himself does he require us to eat all the Thanksgiving trimmings, your mother-in-law's secret Jello salad with the disgusting celery and shredded carrots or your Mom's delicious cherry pie with the crust made with lard.

The main point George makes is this:

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 and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Here's the link for the full read.

Happy Motivational Monday and Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent point! And I understand the MIL Jello salad all too well...unfortunately.