I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving. Right now the cornbread for the dressing is cooling on the back table, the bourbon pecan pie is out of the oven, and the pumpkin pie is baking. I decided to do the apple pie first thing in the morning before I put the big turkey on to roast and hubby puts the smaller turkey in the smoker. With the aforementioned items, baked sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar, pecans, butter and marshmallows, Spinach Madeleine, mashed baby red potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, stewed okra and tomatoes along with rice pudding will round out my contribution. Others are bringing a glazed ham, fruit salad, green bean casserole and dinner rolls. A couple of people on the guest list found out they have to work tomorrow (which blows huge chunks), so we’ll make sure to plate up generous servings of everything for them so they’ll have a Thanksgiving feast to look forward to when they get home.
While gathering up recipes and researching ancestors, out of curiosity I did a search for “Thanksgiving 1903”, that being the year my grandmother was born. Many neat things popped up and it was cool getting a glimpse back to how things were 109 years ago. One thing that stood out, though, was something I found at http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu. It is a proclamation made by President Theodore Roosevelt (who was President from 1901 to 1909) on October 31, 1903, regarding Thanksgiving 1903. For a look back in time, I’ve posted it below.
Here’s wishing all a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving and that you take time to give thanks for all the blessings, large and small, in your life.
****************************Theodore Roosevelt XXVI President of the United States: 1901-1909 Proclamation 508 – Thanksgiving Day, 1903 October 31, 1903
By the President of the United States
The season is at hand when according to the custom of our people it falls upon the President to appoint a day of praise and thanksgiving to God.
During the last year the Lord has dealt bountifully with us, giving us peace at home and abroad and the chance for our citizens to work for their welfare unhindered by war, famine or plague. It behoves us not only to rejoice greatly because of what has been given us, but to accept it with a solemn sense of responsibility, realizing that under Heaven it rests with us ourselves to show that we are worthy to use aright what has thus been entrusted to our care. In no other place and at no other time has the experiment of government of the people, by the people, for the people, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country in the opening years of the 20th Century. Failure would not only be a dreadful thing for us, but a dreadful thing for all mankind, because it would mean loss of hope for all who believe in the power and the righteousness of liberty. Therefore, in thanking God for the mercies extended to us in the past, we beeseech Him that He may not withhold them in the future, and that our hearts may be roused to war steadfastly for good and against all the forces of evil, public and private. We pray for strength, and light, so that in the coming years we may with cleanliness, fearlessness, and wisdom, do our allotted work on the earth in such manner as to show that we are not altogether unworthy of the blessings we have received.
Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby designate as a day of general thanksgiving Thursday, the twenty-sixth of the coming November, and do recommend that throughout the land the people cease from their wonted occupations, and in their several homes and places of worship render thanks unto Almighty God for his manifold mercies.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this 31st day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and three and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-eighth.
By the President:
Secretary of State.