Thanksgiving is thought to have originated in 1623 in Plymouth, MA, as a day of prayer and feasting, taking place to express gratitude for the end of a drought that had befallen the new colony.
It was initially considered a harvest festival and celebrated on a national level on and off since 1789 when Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington.
A fact many may not be aware of is in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln actually declared two days of national Thanksgiving - the first celebrated in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, and the more familiar Thanksgiving celebrated in November as a federal holiday to give thanks and praise.
Today, Thanksgiving is a day of tradition, feasting on fabulous foods comprised of old family recipes, surrounded by family, friends, and football.
More importantly, the day is also one of giving thanks, practicing humility, self-reflection, and extending one’s bounty for others to enjoy. It is a great time to put away the cell phones and other gadgets, engage in heartfelt conversations all the while embracing one another with love, peace, and laughter.
The First Baptist Church of Golden Meadow will be doing just that when they host their first annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thursday, November 23 at noon.
We spoke to Bernadette Chouest of FBC who said, “With so much to be thankful for, First Baptist Church of Golden Meadow will be opening its doors to the whole community on Thanksgiving Day.”
“We are reaching out to those who may need a place to celebrate Thanksgiving with a particular focus on those who may be alone or that Thanksgiving would be a financial burden. We will serve a full meal, have fellowship, and share with them the love of Jesus Christ,” said Chouest.
“FBC invites our community to come share a meal with us. This will be a sit-down meal at our gym. No one needs to pay or bring anything. We just want to open our doors to those who may not have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving or cannot afford to celebrate Thanksgiving though we invite everyone in the community. We are trying to give people a place to spend Thanksgiving Day that is not by themselves.” Bernadette explained.
Although no take-outs are available everyone is welcomed to stay, enjoy a great meal and conversation with friends or new acquaintances.
Here are a few fun facts about Thanksgiving, which could be great conversation starters!
Did you know Americans eat approximately 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day or that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our National bird instead of the eagle?
Another fun fact, in 1953, Swanson had close to 260 tons of extra turkey after Thanksgiving. A salesman brought up the idea of packing the leftover turkey into aluminum trays along with some side dishes. Viola! TV dinners were born!
Lastly, Campbell’s soup originated the green bean casserole when about fifty years ago they published the recipe in their annual cookbook. Now, Campbell’s sells more than 20 million dollars in cream of mushroom soup every year!
FBC would like the community to know they will provide pick-up and drop off services for those who need a ride. The event is free and open to everyone who would like to join. The menu will consists of turkey and gravy, rice dressing, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, corn/peas, sweet potato crunch, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a wide array of desserts.
The First Baptist Church of Golden Meadow is wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. They are very excited to be able to bless others at this time with their Thanksgiving for all.
The FBC of GM is located at 187 Oakridge Dr, Golden Meadow, which is across the street from Golden Meadow Park. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 985- 475-5490 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Fri, November 17, 2017
by Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer