Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

I learned something interesting today…

If you research the first Thanksgiving, you will find that several states, including Florida, Virginia and Texas, don’t exactly agree with the claim that the first Thanksgiving was held in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. Since I’m about to leave for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my own family, I’ll leave any further research up to you. But what I did find interesting is that in 1863, it was President Lincoln who proclaimed the 4th Thursday in November to be a national day of Thanksgiving, hence what Americans still celebrate today. After the Civil War, times were turbulent and Lincoln hoped this national holiday might be a way of bringing the county together. Something to hope for and think about today as we gather to celebrate across the nation.

How does any of this relate to Italy? Well another thing I learned recently is how to say Happy Thanksgiving in Italian. Of course, this being an American holiday, the Italians don’t exactly have a phrase, but several offered the following:

Felice Giorno di Ringraziamento

Happy Day of Thanksgiving

In a way, Italians celebrate Thanksgiving every Sunday as they sit around the table and dine and talk, often for hours at a time, sharing food, telling stories, making new memories, enjoying life, debating issues – often with multiple generations, extended family, friends, and sometimes even strangers. Not a bad idea…Thanksgiving every Sunday…something to think about.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Ciao,

Judy

7 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Sarah L November 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM #

    Judy, you really know how to make a girl miss Italy. In the best way! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam!

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  2. blogginginitaly November 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Thanks, Sarah, and to you and yours too!

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  3. Florence November 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM #

    Very nice!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Phyllis Poma November 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    I enjoy your blogging. I hope your thanksgiving was as wonderful as the Poma’s back in Michigan. There is so much to be thankful of. Wish god blesses all of you during this beautiful time of year and always! Love, Filocia & Vito

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    • blogginginitaly November 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM #

      Nice to hear from you…our Thanksgiving was wonderful…hugs back to all of you!

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  5. Gloria Grove December 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM #

    Just found your blog and really enjoy it. Looking forward to seeing more.

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