Archive for the ‘Thanksgiving’ Category

“Pumpkin” and "Pecan" get pardon from the US president

November 26, 2008

In a tradition that dates back during Pres. Harry Truman’s time, Pres. George W. Bush in a nostalgic ceremony in the White House, spares the life of two lucky birds named Pumpkin and Pecan on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Pumpkin, the 45 pound national turkey with white feathers will be the honorary grand marshal in this year’s Thanksgiving parade in Disneyland.

Excluding the birds from the oven, the president leads the nation in prayer to reflect the holiday’s significance, notably by thanking the entire American people as he spends his last days of his tenure as president. (Photo Credits: AP; AFP) =0=

Giving gratitude a boost on Thanksgiving day

November 26, 2008

“Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.”

~George Herbert

Thanksgiving is a tradition started in New England in the early 1600’s by puritan pilgrims who thanked God for life’s infinite blessings. Mainly a religious observance and a harvest festival, the commemoration of Thanksgiving has evolved through the years. By government edict, it is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. This year the holiday falls on November 27, 2008.

The traditional Thanksgiving is associated with a day of prayer to show gratitude to God for life’s astounding harvests. Americans mark the day with travels for reunions of family and friends, charities, food drives to feed the poor and the homeless, parades, TV programs, and football games.

Serving roasted or baked turkey, potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, veggies, and pumpkin pie highlight the celebration. The thanksgiving dinner is reminiscent of the simple food eaten by the puritans and their native Indian friends who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early days of America.

The message of Thanksgiving has seeped in the consciousness of the world and many nations do observe the holiday. It is said that if people have just a fraction of gratitude that they need in their hearts each day, the world will be much better to live in. (Photo Credits: PanoramicViewer; RuthAlice43)


Fun times with Noah

October 27, 2008

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”

I couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth Lawrence, the gardener-writer. Especially so, I received a few photos of Noah, my grandson, the child of my niece Jo Marie D. Cannady who resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jo Marie and hubby Matt are pretty delighted by their little boy setting out to discover the outdoors this time that Halloween is across the bend.

Noah was with his little friends in a park riding in a kiddie train a few months ago. Another time I saw him with his grandparents, Joe and Cindy Dacanay of South Carolina on a weekend visit. This time he prepares early for thanksgiving day, choosing his pumpkins from some unnamed garden.

Come Halloween in October 31, 2008, I’m pretty sure he has a costume prepared for the trick a treat and be with friends to knock on doors and fetch a few candies in the street.

Noah reminds me of all the children of the world who bask in the best fleeting moments of their time before “the hour of reason comes knocking at the door.” As I look at his handsome innocent face, it’s as if morning has arrived and the first rays of the sun are trailing in. (Photo Credit: Jo Marie Cannady)=0=