Sarah Josepha Hale, the influential magazine editor who wrote many articles on behalf of creating a national holiday in honor of the pilgrims' day of thanks, fasting, and prayer, wrote the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb.
On my first day of Band class in 3rd grade I was given a recorder and told to learn to play, Mary Had a Little Lamb. I learned it quickly enough but was too shy to play it in front of classmates, so that was my last Band lesson. Guitar, piano, organ, and autoharp were much more my speed as there was no spit involved.
Another link between little me and the song (stop me if you've heard this before) is that the evening I was born, a personal name asteroid arose a few minutes after I entered the Earth space/time flux, asteroid Judith. The Sabian Symbol of its nodal degree is:
"Mary and Her White Lamb." My mother's name is Mary, I'm continually grateful, and I love cranberries.
Am I angling here for an invitation to your Thanksgiving Day feast? Are you serving turkey, ham, or lamb? Now I'm about 95% vegetarian these days and have been 100% in years past, so don't pass me any ham 'cos I haven't eaten pork in over 30 years. But yes, turkey is good with the right stuffing or dressing, and plenty of cranberry sauce. Pumpkin Pie is all right by me though I like Sweet Potato or Pecan Pie better.
So of all the meats I occasionally miss, lamb with rosemary would be the one yet I can't remember the last time I had lamb chops. Hmm...may have to do something about that.
So because of Sarah J. Hale's continual efforts, President Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day, in 1863. Even President Washington had gotten into the act with a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789 when he called for Americans to "unite to render to Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection."
Now I know George Washington was a Freemason, a deist, and who-knows-what-else, but his call still holds water around these parts, and I hope around yours, too. So...
Happy Thanksgiving Day 2009, my fellow Americans!
Yes, I know our nation has gone astray with endless war, greed, and fraud, but it's the best nation that ever was and I'd be really thankful if it would continue standing for 233 years more. And stop meddling in other nations' affairs.