Pardon me: what happens to those turkeys?

Who knew? From CNN: Along a pastoral lane at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate sits a sizable wooden pen built specifically to house the two turkeys that will be “pardoned” at the White House on Wednesday. The well-appointed pen includes a small coop to protect them from weather and foxes, and an area for them [Read More...]

The death of Thanksgiving?

Some compelling thoughts, from Presbyterian pastor Henry G. Brinton:  As Thanksgiving approaches and commerce clashes with personal values, people talk about what they are thankful for. Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally-televised parade, watched by [Read More...]

Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more...]

Johnny Cash’s “Thanksgiving Prayer”

I can’t believe this first aired nearly 20 years ago.  Below, a clip of Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash, making a rare TV drama appearance on “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.”  It was the Thanksgiving episode, so of course it included a Thanksgiving song.  Enjoy. Lyrics: We’ve come to the time in the [Read More...]

“God most provident, we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving…”

From the Book of Blessings, a beautiful way to begin your Thanksgiving meal: + All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads the following Scripture text from I Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters, listen to [Read More...]

How Lincoln gave thanks: his proclamation

With the 16th president cleaning up at the box office these days, here’s another reminder of why he was, and is, a blockbuster. Here’s the text of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, from 1863: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these [Read More...]

Traveling today? Pray!

It’s the busiest travel day of the year and, like a lot of people, the Deacons’ Wife and I will be on the road.  We’re flying to Maryland this afternoon.  Which means, of course, getting to the airport this morning. Below is a prayer for travelers from the Orthodox that I like a lot: Lord [Read More...]

A Thanksgiving prayer in time of loss

From the Concord Pastor: Dear God, there’s an empty chair at our table, an ache in our hearts and tears upon our faces… We try to shield one another from our grief but we cannot hide it from you… We pray for… (name your loved one) whose presence we miss in these homecoming days… Open [Read More...]

Sellout: Thanksgiving goes commercial

Elizabeth Scalia vented about it yesterday.  And here’s another reason to dread the coming holiday, from the Wall Street Journal: Say goodbye to Thanksgiving — and Black Friday while you’re at it. Retailers are wrecking holiday time for shoppers and shop workers alike. This year will see an unprecedented move by the big boys of [Read More...]

“By the goodness of God, we are so far from want”

A lot of us know the story. It was the autumn of 1621. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, after a rich harvest, the men, women and children who had survived the first year in the New World gathered for a feast to offer thanks. One of the pilgrims wrote at the time: “By the goodness of God, [Read More...]