Grandpa What Happened To Thanksgiving?

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 Do you know why we had a Thanksgiving, Son?

No, grandpa, why did we use to have Thanksgiving?

The ‘First Thanksgiving’ was a celebration by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. It lasted for 3 days and shared with Native Americans.

Also it has been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26, as a federal and public holiday in the U.S.

Grandpa, what did you use to do on Thanksgiving?

 Son, we use to get together with our families and have a big turkey dinner.  Play games, watch football and oh that big Macy parade on TV.  It was a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and build lots of grateful memories.  To be thankful for all the wonderful things we have in our lives.

I remember going to my grandparent’s house and all my cousins were there and we just played and played.  I have a lot of great memories of those days.

Did grandma ever make a turkey and have all my daddy’s cousins over when he was a little boy?

Yes, Son she did.

You’ll have to ask your daddy what he thought of Thanksgiving when he was a boy.

Grandpa why don’t we have Thanksgiving anymore, like you and my daddy did?

Well, Son it all started when stores started having big sales the day after Thanksgiving.  They called this Black Friday.  The stores would open up at 6 o’clock in the morning for people to shop and get some good deals on STUFF they wanted to buy others for Christmas.  It was kind of fun for the ladies to make an early morning out of shopping with their friends, mothers or sisters back then.

Now it seems like these big stores have kind of taken over our Thanksgiving.

How have they done that, Grandpa?

You know Son it is kind of sad, but I don’t think people really stop and think about how this has happened.

It all started when these owners of the big stores thought it was more important to make money than to spend some quality time with family and friends over a big dinner.

To give thanks for all our blessing in life.

They started to open their stores up bright and early Thanksgiving morning and offer customers big discounts on their merchandise.

Before you knew it…

instead of those great Thanksgiving dinners, all the ladies and some men were out shopping for those Christmas bargains rather than sitting around the table enjoying great food shared with loved ones.

And many of the people that still wanted to have a Thanksgiving Day weren’t able to so, because they had to work in these stores.

Oh, the store fixes them a turkey dinner that they can eat on their break, but it isn’t and never would be like sitting around the table with family and friends.

mommy workingIs that why I’m over here with you and grandma today, because mommy and daddy have to work, so all the customers can get a great deal on STUFF?

Yes, Son, but grandma is going to fix us a small turkey dinner to share.  How does that sound?

It smells good grandpa.  It is going to be nice to have a turkey dinner with you and grandma.  Can we save some for mommy and daddy?

We sure can Son.

Grandpa, what would happen if all these people shopping would stay home and have that good turkey dinner on Thanksgiving instead of going shopping?

Well, Son if people did that, then the store would lose money by being open when no one came in to shop.

Wouldn’t that make the stores go back to having Thanksgiving again, grandpa, so they didn’t lose their money?

Son, for that to happen, people would have to realize that if they stayed home and had Thanksgiving with family and friends the store would have to have their sales on another day.

Would the stores do that grandpa?

They wouldn’t have a choice.  You see Son, this time of year people are looking for bargains, so the store would have to adjust…

 To when people shop not when they want them too shop.

So grandpa what you are saying is if people went back to having Thanksgiving like in your day, the stores would stay closed and my mommy and daddy wouldn’t have to work, so we would have a Thanksgiving with all my cousins and aunts and uncles?

Yes, Son.

Well, Grandpa that sounds like more fun that buying all that STUFF.

Yes, it does Son.

Grandpa, I don’t want to call people stupid, but why are all these people letting the stores mess up there Thanksgiving?

Son, I know you don’t mean to call people stupid, but in many ways yes, they are.  You see they are letting people that have lots of STUFF to sale run their lives and they don’t stop and see what is really happening to them.

Don’t ever let STUFF get in your way of building memories with the people you love, Son.

Stuff gets old; Son and usually ends up in the garbage, but people you love and love you are always going to be there.  And if they aren’t those great memories will be there to remind you of them.

So Son what do you think is more important, Thanksgiving or the STUFF on sale to save you money?

closedThanksgiving and when I grow up I’m going own a big store and my employees aren’t going to have to work on Thanksgiving.  Making money isn’t as important as spending time with the people that love us.

Son, that’s a wonderful idea.  Remember it only takes one person to change the world sometimes.

Well Son I hear grandma getting things ready for our turkey dinner, shall we go help her?

Yes, grandpa.  And maybe mommy and daddy can have some pie with us when they get through at work.

Thanks grandpa and ‘I Love You’

I Love You to Son!

 

Grandpa can I say one more thing?

Sure Son..

To all of you Thanksgiving shoppers would you at least give all those cashiers and people that are checking you out at the counter a big hug  before you leave.  That way they will know they are appreciated for giving up there Thanksgiving so you can buy your STUFF.

“Wow, that conversation with my grandson was worth more than a buck 2.50 Ipad. 

Have to love the way those little minds work.”

 

 

 

 

Are you going shopping on Thanksgiving day or having that turkey dinner?  Or maybe you are going to try to squeeze in both?

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  1. Hi Debbie,

    That was indeed a beautiful conversation, and a meaningful one too 🙂

    As you already know, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do enjoy our Christian friend’s who do, it’s the spirit that matters, I’d say.

    I know the stores are full of goodies for Black Friday, followed by the Cyber Monday’s as well, and somehow it’s kind of become a trend for people to wait for such a wonderful occasion to go out and shop! It’s similar to a festival we have our end, when people go wild shopping as well, so I can well relate to that.

    Speaking of myself, I think I’d any day prefer to sit and be with my family or near and dear ones and have a nice get together for dinner. There can be nothing better than being together with those who matter most to you, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing, and wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving as well (in-advance!). Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena,
      I really enjoy hearing about the different traditions you have, like your festival. Thank you for sharing these differences.
      I am having our dinner tomorrow and really looking forward to it. today is going to be a busy day getting ready for tomorrow, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Those family get together really make for great memories.
      Thank you Harleena for sharing with me and wishing you a wonderful week ahead also.
      You are a sweet heart always,
      Debbie
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  2. Raaja Anandhan says:

    H Debbie,

    It’s an interesting conversation and an awesome post regarding Grandpa. I love my Grandpa very much. If it comes to Grandpa of Mother’s or Father’s, i prefer both. I also love my Grandma. Thanks for sharing the history behind “Thanksgiving”.

    Hugging is one of the best way to share our emotions. In our India, we don’t have particular day to celebrate for Thanksgiving. It’s happy to see that, the great Abraham Lincoln proclaimed national day for Thanksgiving.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie.
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    • Hi Raaja,
      Nice to have you stop by. You are very lucky that you have a grandpa. I never did have one and always wished I would have. Maybe that is why I love being the best grandmother I can be for my grand kids.
      Yes, I also think it is great the Abraham Lincoln set up this great holiday. It is a reminder of the goodness in this world.
      That is one thing that I love about the internet is all the wonderful people that I have met because of it.
      It all comes down to the same thing, family friends and loving one another.
      By the way Raaja, what is your favorite holiday there in India?
      Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by.
      Debbie
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      • Hi Debbie,
        I thank god for getting another grandma(You) from blogging. Actually india is divided in to more than 25 states, so holidays may differ according to the states. For whole india, our favorite holiday is Diwali. It’s an wonderful day to celebrate. we enjoy this day by putting crackers. Thanks for your visit to my blog. Keep on reading my blog. Hope to see you again G’ma.
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