Nearly 400 hundred years ago in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, however, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale — author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” — launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents, and other politicians, earning her the nickname the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”
Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as ‘Franksgiving’, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
The Patriot/Posey Park Board is scheduled for a meeting on Tuesday, November 24th at 6 p.m. The new President Jackie Vest, Secretary Erin Connors and Treasurer Alicia Freeman are currently looking for more volunteers and encourage all interested to attend.
Please continue very special prayers for Eylah Leppert and her parents as she struggles with her health issues. Prayer list: For the patients and staff of Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab; Ken Byars, Rich Lay, Posey Tappers Alanna Smith, Brigetta Hetzel, Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; Bill and Sharon Levell; Red HOT Hatters Laura Riga and June Lack; Firefighters Ron Brunner and Brian Hughes, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown — as well as everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone interested in purchasing the ‘Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot’ by H.F. Emerson (1931), that I have featured for several months, may do so at the Patriot Town Hall for $10.
Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) and I have exchanging recipes at a record rate so we will continue including two recipes a week for a while. All of the recipes get your taste buds tingling and your tummy growling, so enjoy! And both of these recipes are quick and easy.
2 heads of Iceberg lettuce, chopped
3 C. – Shredded cheddar cheese
2 large Tomatoes diced
2 lbs. Ground beef or turkey (salt & pepper to taste, or use taco seasoning)
1 party size bag Doritos, crushed
2 family size bottles Catalina dressing
Super simple! This is enough to feed 10!
Can be displayed altogether in one roasting pan to serve if desired.
12 Cups — Popped popcorn
16 oz. White Candy coating (such as Candiquik)
3 Cups — Miniature pretzels
10 oz. M&M’S
1/2 C. — Sprinkles
10 oz. Miniature marshmallows
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place popped popcorn on top of the parchment paper.
Melt candy coating according to package directions and pour over the top of the popcorn. Use tongs to toss to evenly coat popcorn. Add the pretzels and M&M’S and toss with tongs to coat again. Add sprinkles and marshmallows and toss again.
Let the snack mix set for 30 minutes before breaking apart and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container. Servings: 24 servings
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