Yesterday, I asked my 10 year old neighbor what he had learned about Thanksgiving in school. His answer was, "Nothing".
So I let him know that it was Abraham Lincoln who made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 1860's. We talked about the early pilgrims, why they came to America and the food that went along with their season of thanks.
The first line of Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation written during the Civil War..
"The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God."
We do tend to forget our blessings and from whom they flow, anyway I do. I want to count them all this year. God bless our military families with blessings too many to count.