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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Coker family in Columbia, South Carolina! Today, we're doing some cleanup around the home, raking leaves and putting up our Christmas tree. Later today, we will travel to West Columbia to be with family and I will cook a turkey in a turkey fryer. I did this for the first time last year and it produces excellent results.

I did some reading this morning on the orgins of Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Thanksgiving Day began as a tradition at the end of the harvest season to express thanks for one's material possessions and spiritual blessings.

The first recorded Thanksgiving ceremony took place on September 8, 1565, when 600 Spanish settlers, under the leadership of explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed at St. Augustine, Florida, and immediately held a Mass of Thanksgiving (with a feast and celebration) for safe delivery to the New World. Of course, the Pilgrims had Thanksgiving observances in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early 1600s. As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington made a proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.

Mel Coker

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