As we approach Thanksgiving later this week, it’s natural to reflect on the namesake and meaning of the Holiday. For many of us, the Thanksgiving means turkey dinners, pumpkin pie, football games, parades, family, friends, or the beginning of Christmas holidays. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
However, the first Thanksgiving was neither a feast nor a holiday, it was a simple gathering. After the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims lost almost half of the original colonists. With the help of the Wampanoag Indians, the remaining Pilgrims survived the bitter winter and yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621. In celebration, the Pilgrims held a traditional English harvest festival, lasting three days, bringing the Pilgrims and Wampanoag together to unite in a “thanksgiving” observance.
Thanksgiving is truly a special day. The word thanksgiving is composed of two words: thanks and giving. Through this holiday we are all not only reminded to give thanks, but to share and give to those in need. On this uniquely American holiday, remember that there is always something to be thankful for and there are always those in need of your time and talents.
At McGann Facial Design, we are thankful to our patients, staff, and our family and friends who support and enable our promise — to put the care of patients above all else.
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!