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The First Thanksgiving

Forget the Pilgrims and the wondrous meal they had celebrating the first Thanksgiving.  It is all made up and mythical lore.  It's a great story for school kids though!  But it never happened.

The First Thanksgiving was in fact a presidential proclamation, by none other than George Washington, in 1789.

I suggest that you read the entire text.  It is only 489 words long.  You can find it here.

But this is the beginning, and it is powerful!

" By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

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..."

I intentionally left the three dots at the end, because more follows.  But that beginning will just as well indicate his intention.

It was not until President Abraham Lincoln that the holiday became a national one.  He had his own proclamation in 1863.  Not surprisingly, it has the same flavor as his predecessor.

HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY AND GIVE THANKS FOR OUR BOUNTIES.  WE NEED TO PRESERVE THEM.  WE MUST.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 26 commentsJay Markanich • November 25 2010 08:00AM

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Hi Jay - have a lovely Thanksgiving... Gay

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Nice picture. Good luck in your area. 

Happy Turkey day.

Posted by Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals (RE/MAX Property Specialists) over 9 years ago

Thank you Gay.  The same to you and yours!

J&H - Merry Thanksgiving!  That is an Arnold Frieberg painting.  I have it in my basement.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

The real kicker on that is the use of "Almighty God" in his proclamation.  Clearly, the first President understood that "Separation of Church and State" doesn't mean that they have to be kept completely apart, but rather that one cannot force upon the other to make doctrine.  Sure wish today's politicians understood that.

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Thanks for clearing that up, Jay. There seems to always be a lot of discussion about the "first" Thanksgiving. I love the painting. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 9 years ago

Roger - if you read about how "separation of church and state" wove it's way into our documents, you will see that it was done in an underhanded way.  There is no such separation as is touted today.  And Mr. Washington understood that...

Toni - I have that painting in my basement, by Arnold Frieberg.  He is fabulous.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Ditto Roger * We need to LEARN from our past and unfortunately the current occupants of the White House want to FORGET or REMAKE it!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 9 years ago

C'mon, Wallace.  To "create" hope and change you have to "create" a new reality!  But pay no attention to that man behind the curtain...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

 

And a very happy Thanksgiving Day to you Jay.  

All the best,
Gabe

 

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 9 years ago

Jay,

whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested....probably the only time the 2 got together where it cost us nothing THEN

Be thankful for your blessings today and everyday, best to you and your family

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

Merry Thanksgiving to you too Gabe!  Thanks for that great image too!

And Don, have a wonderful holiday, you and yours!  I am thankful.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mr Jay,

I saw your kindly offer inviting me to Thanksgiving at your house with the cranberry recipe being designed to my pallete. I most certainly accept but I will not be able to get there until leftovers on Friday. Nutsy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 9 years ago

I am happy for that Nutsy and will save some of the cranberry! 

Renee - wow, Merry Thanksgiving from the Three Friskies!  Thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

With just 36 days left in 2010, Zoey the Cool Cat and I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope it’s a great one, with lots of fun and food with family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Not a real person over 9 years ago

Thanks Russell.  Same to you and yours.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay, Thanks for sharing, Hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Thanks Ed.  Same to you.  We have had a great day!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

I knew that pilgrim story was full of hooey! I don't know what that means, but my Mother said it all the time! Happy Thanksgiving, Jay!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 9 years ago

Cynthia - even the History Channel recognizes that!  Some find it hard to believe, because it is so ingrained in our country's lore.  But such as it is!  Merry Thanksgiving!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Fantastic post. That's for publishing it along with the photo. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Steve!  So much myth and lore weaves into our thinking, it is sometimes easy to not know what the truth really is.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, thank you for the history lesson on Thanksgiving!  I think it makes our traditions much richer to stop and think about how and why they started.

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, WendeByTheBay.com - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) over 9 years ago

And there is so much revisionist history these days, Wende, it is hard to keep it all in line!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

So odd that you post this, I just heard yesterday that it was Lincoln's idea and attempt to unite the colonies. Now I have further insight on the matter. Thanks Jay.

Posted by Sam Fischer over 9 years ago

I'm glad you stopped by Sam!  And that you have a new insight.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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