"Thanksgiving and Praise to our Beneficient Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
Evidently a series of editorials by a Sarah Josepha Hale prompted him to make Thanksgiving an official national holiday. Of course, our forefathers celebrated a form of Thanksgiving from the earliest days of our country from the Pilgrims forward, and several proclamations were issued by presidents--George Washington, John Adams, James Madison--but no official holiday was nailed down until President Lincoln in 1863.
Families of the soldiers rallied and precooked turkeys, pies, plum puddings, fruits, jellies,
cranberry sauce and vegetables and sent them in crates to the soldiers in the field. Some even shipped steamers for the soldiers to use. The postal service agreed to send much of the cargo free of charge. I can only imagine what a welcome the Thanksgiving makings received from the troops.
lowered into boiling water as is and cooked for 5-6 hours. If the mold had no lid and handle, it was put into a bag for the boiling. It was hung to drip, until the day it was served, and then it was boiled again. I don't know this for sure, but I'm guessing that the soldiers did the second boiling after they received the pudding. Extra brandy was added when the pudding was served and lit for a beautiful flaming dessert.
I hope this year with the instability and uncertainty in the world that we will rethink how much we have to be grateful for. The very fact we can celebrate this holiday with our families and loved ones in freedom is a major item for which to be thankful.
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Golden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular retreat/conference speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series (Thomas Nelson) chronicled the journey of her French Huguenot ancestors in 17th century France. Her fourth novel, His Steadfast Love, is a Civil War novel set in Texas. Her latest release is a compilation of four novellas (WhiteFire Publishing) – a biblical fiction series entitled Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels. Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren and are avid sports fans of their alma mater, Baylor University. You can contact her at www.goldenkeyesparsons.com.