KTF Publisher David Sams with his Grandmother Donohoo
Today is my grandma's 100th Thanksgiving Day. Imagine, 100 years ago women didn't even have the right to vote. There was no Butterball Turkey, and no airplane to get you to grandma's house on the other side of the country in a few hours. There was no NFL game on TV because the league did not yet exist--not to mention that neither TV nor radio existed. As for saving leftovers--refrigerators were a couple of years away from being invented, and the microwave was nowhere in sight. So, they had to eat up and chow down! Yes, it was a very different world 100 years ago--and my grandma was there. Somehow she got by without playing on a smartphone and texting friends while at the family table. What there was at her first Thanksgiving table, and what there still is at our table today is PRAYER. God is consistent. God is timeless. God is with us, as he was with my grandma 100 years ago on this glorious day of Thanksgiving, and he is still with her today.
Disclaimer: Well, ok, technically 100 years ago Thanksgiving was the on the final Thursday of the month. According to Wikipedia: The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. Influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for around 40 years trying to make it an official holiday, Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of America's refusal to recognize Lincoln's authority, a nationwide Thanksgiving date was not realized until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used a presidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost.
Love you, Grandma.