Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that you mark down on your calendar and count down until the magnificent day has finally dawned. I mean, who doesn’t love lounging around the dinner table with family members and enjoying all you can handle of turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce?
A purely American tradition, the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 when the Pilgrims along with the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated God’s goodness for their first successful harvest. Thanksgiving was actually not instituted as a national holiday until 1863 when none other than Honest Abe Lincoln called to make an annual nationwide recognition of God’s goodness. Almost 400 years after the First Thanksgiving, Americans remain infatuated; celebrating this sometimes gluttonous holiday with a passion. Even better than the food, Thanksgiving is a great time of spending time with family and friends and enjoying what the Lord has blessed us with.
One of my favorite stories to tell is from Thanksgiving in 2007. My brother Wes and I decided to wrestle after Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ house. Wes came up from behind me and tackled me. As I fell, my temple banged on a desk. I started to bleed profusely and I was rushed to the ER where I had to get stitches. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I can always get a good laugh looking back on it now.
Here’s what some other BCS students had to say about Thanksgiving.
Andrew Barce, Freshman: “I like turkey and I like the national tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving by giving thanks to God.”
Lizzy Coats, Junior: “Every Thanksgiving we spend half the day with both sides of my family and we have some great variety of food, and it’s a great time to relax with my family.”
Article submitted by Will Davidson