Wednesday, November 21, 2012

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.
—George Washington

For Thanksgiving Day try going through the alphabet with praise for blessings.  Everyone can take a turn going around giving a praise and adding to the ones given before their own.  Example:  "On Thanksgiving and everyday, I am thankful to God for A-Andrew."  The next person adds to it.  "On Thanksgiving and everyday, I am thankful to God for Andrew and B-Bible."  It can be lots of fun.  You can put your own spin on it.  Let me know if you have any new ideas.

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