THANKSGIVING DAY THOUGHTS
When I was a lad, we would get up on Thanksgiving Day and go to church. I think most people in Holland went to church to give thanks. Ususlly the music was the well known songs of thanks, and the minister had a sermon that emphasized giving. The flag event that day was the offering. The next day the newspaper would publish all the offerings collected on the holiday. Holland gave much.
Then it was home to the meal, Often with relatives. We never had turkey. Stuffing was unheard of, but we uaually had raised a few Barred Rock chickens that furnished some nice fatty meat and tasted good when teamed with mashed potatoes and other sides of vegatables, but none of those fancy things like turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. I suppose that was because we would have had to buy those. What we had we produced on the farm. After all the helpings for everyone, sopping up the gravey in our plates, we would finish it up with pie and the men would retire to the living room and soon be in vaious comfortable positions for a nap, while the wemen cleaned up the table and usually did the dishes. Their reward? They did not have to cook supper because everyone was full. THE IMPORTANT PART OF THE MEAL WAS THE OPENING PRAYER WHICH WAS USUALLY LENGTHY TO MAKE SURE WE ENUMERATED ALL OUR BLESSINGS. Since most of us had a relativly long life, I think it was worth it.
HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING.