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The Music of Thanksgiving


        A day of thanksgiving has been observed since the time of the pilgrims.  However, the official holiday began when, in 1863 and in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a national day of thanksgiving would be observed every November. 
        These days it seems Thanksgiving gets lost in the Christmas marketing frenzy, but we Boomers remember when it was about more than breathless news reports regarding black Friday sales.
     We remember when Thanksgiving had its own unique spirit.  It was a peaceful, introspective and even patriotic day.  It was a time to gather in warm kitchens and dining rooms and give thanks not just for our blessings, but for the courage and faith of our forefathers who founded this nation. It was a day to celebrate our uniquely American holiday in our uniquely American way. No other day of the year felt like Thanksgiving Day.
          Well, take heart, because there is a good way to reclaim those old feelings, memories and the unique spirit of the day.
       Fill your home with the traditional songs of Thanksgiving.     
        Some traditional Thanksgiving hymns include “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “Showers of Blessing”, “Come Ye Thankful People Come”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Bringing in the Sheaves” and of course “We Gather Together.”  Others you might play are “A Boy’s Thanksgiving” (which most of us know as “Over the River and Through the Woods”) and the soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” And don’t forget our country’s national hymn, “God of Our Fathers.”  Play it for your grand-children and teach them the lyrics. It is a stirring piece of music.  
       Chances are, once you start listening to these selections, you’ll think of other melodies that you associate with your own Thanksgiving memories.

       Happy Thanksgiving from ShelbyBoomer.com.