Not only that, the original Thanksgiving was probably in October and might not have included a Thursday.
However the 4th Thursday of November was chosen as the national day to give thanks by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
And I love this idea of everyone being together to celebrate how thankful we are.
But, then there’s the stress of trying to get everyone together to celebrate how thankful we are.
I only bring this up because as your family starts to grow, whether it be because your kids get married or you’ve blended two or more families together, as you add new members and new households to the mix, Thanksgiving can become… complicated.
All the happy gobble, gobble can quickly turn into one big family squabble.
Sometimes instead of being brought together, we can feel pulled apart.
Many years ago my cousin Kathy, on my husband’s side, offered a brilliant, yet simple solution.
When her kids all married, her family ties tripled making it almost impossible for all her children and their spouses to be at their home on Thanksgiving. To avoid family squabbles about who would be where, they met up and celebrated Thanksgiving on another day.
I know it sounds simple, and it can be if we don’t get hung up on a day that someone designated for us.
What I’m trying to say is, maybe we should get less caught up in the day of the week and more caught up in the meaning of the day.
We should get less caught up in the day of the week and more caught up in the meaning of the day.
And Psalm 100 explains this meaning so beautifully.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving no matter on which day you chose to celebrate.