Ciao: The day after Thanksgiving

BILL KLAUBER

Twas the day after Thanksgiving

and all through the home

not a creature was stirring

for they were all on the roam.

To Target and Walmart

And to Radio Shack

And Costco and Sam’s Club

No telling when they’ll be back.

There were bargains galore

At every which store

So much to be bought

In a time that was short

The trick, of course,

Was to get on my horse

To be first on line

So all would be fine

So off I did go

And I sure wasn’t slow

I was tired real soon

Hoped I’d be home before noon

Alas it was late

When I walked through my gate

But my heart did rejoice

With my bounty of choice

When I sat down at last

With my feet on a stool

I couldn’t help think

Of myself as a fool

I had forgotten the meaning

Of the holiday cheer

That we fete as Thanksgiving

Each and every year.

But Thanksgiving is more

than just turkey and sauce

It is history and heritage

and family, of course

I recall that following a Thanksgiving dinner about five years ago the history and the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday was the subject of a family discussion.

Our four granddaughters, ranging in age then from 4 to 9, collaborated to research the history of the day. According to their findings, which came from a hard covered bound encyclopedia (remember those two-ton-tomes) and from online Googling, “on Dec. 4, 1619, a group of British colonists knelt in prayer and pledged thanksgiving to God for their healthy arrival after a long voyage across the Atlantic.”

Those colonists joined American indians a year or two later to “celebrate the autumn harvest” as an example of their cooperation. Today those indians would probably be amazed that the holiday was more about wampum than colonist-indian cooperation.

Actually it was more than 150 years later when in 1777 George Washington declared Nov. 26 as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” for the creation of a constitution and a new nation.

Thanksgiving then was not an annual celebration, but it became one in 1863 as a result of a Thanksgiving proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln setting the last Thursday in November as a day of “thanksgiving and praise.”

There it remained until 1939 when Franklin Roosevelt, purportedly under the influence of American retailers who wanted more shopping time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, set the date as the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

Therefore I regard it as my obligation to get out and shop the American way, giving my credit card where credit is not only due, but accepted as readily as wampum.

So, in closing and in rhyme

I wish you a good time

And a Thanksgiving you spend

With family and friend

Ciao!

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