In Praise of Thanksgiving

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This simple ritual of being with your people for a feast, at the start of a long weekend, is a foretaste of heaven itself.


ohn Adams thought that his Thanksgiving proclamation cost him reelection. Or at least that’s what he told Benjamin Rush in an 1812 letter. During his term in office, Adams had asked that Americans mark Thursday April 25 “as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” He wanted the American people to give thanks to God for “the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.”

You might be thinking: Why would this mark him for electoral disaster? …

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