Did you know that on Oct. 3, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving and recognized it as a national holiday? In 1863, Americans were not watching parades and football on television while shopping online deals from their smartphones; however, there is one constant that has not changed — sitting down with family, friends, neighbors, even opening our homes to strangers for Thanksgiving dinner.
As you read my article, it is almost Thanksgiving Day. Like many Americans, I will sleep late, check out a few minutes of the Macy’s parade, and get ready to watch the Bears play the Lions. Sometime before the Bills take on the Cowboys, I will be heading to my aunt and uncle’s home for a huge family gathering that at some point during the meal will include going around the dinner table and talking about something each of us is thankful for.