November 30th is Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. We all need a break, and it’s nice to take it when we healthy and can enjoy it. That said, if everyone in the working world took the same day to stay home because we were well, chaos would ensue.
We all need time alone. It’s essential to disconnect from our daily routines. Sometimes we have a checklist of things we would do. Others have no idea what we’d do left to our own devices.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StayHomeBecauseYoureWellDay
This holiday has no agenda other than to spend a healthful day at home. What you do with it is up to you.
We do have some suggestions if you are having trouble deciding what to do.
- Catch up on some reading.
- Take a walk.
- Get started on your Christmas cards.
- Follow a toddler around all day. You do feel well, remember?
- Take a friend to lunch.
- Get your 2017 calendar up to date.
- Try a new recipe and make extra to share with someone who wasn’t feeling well today.
- Take a nap
- Plan your next vacation.
- Make a list of all your single friends and match them up as potential mates.
- Organize all those photos on your phone.
- Work on an art project.
- Clean out your closet and donate.
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STAY HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL DAY HISTORY
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day was created by Thomas & Ruth Roy Wellcat Holidays.
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Thanksgiving Day is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, amid the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
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In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity. Communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.
Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. Several U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.
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THANKSGIVING DAY HISTORY
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The ship carried 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship. They suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived. When the remaining settlers moved ashore in March, they received an astonishing visit. An Abenaki Indian greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American named Squanto.
Squanto was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe. The alliance would endure for more than 50 years, and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
In November 1621, after the first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. He invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians suggest that many of the dishes likely used traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.
This history of Thanksgiving provided by www.History.com. For more information on Thanksgiving, go to http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
The Next Thanksgivings
Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday officially; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition.
In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.For 36 years, she published numerous editorials. The editor sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents, and other politicians.
At the height of the Civil War in 1863, Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request. In a proclamation, he entreated all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” President Lincoln scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November. It was celebrated on that day every year until 1939 when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition. In 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
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Observed annually on November 29th, Electronic Greetings Day encourages us to send an electronic greeting. At the same time, the day reminds us of how much things have changed.
The convenience and speed of sending an electronic greeting allow more people than ever to participate in this thoughtful process. We all enjoy it when someone remembers our birthdays, anniversaries, and other important life events. While greeting cards continue to be used, electronic greetings are far more cost-effective and mean equally as much.
Since the advent of the electronic greeting, social media, and other messaging systems are expanding our communication methods. We can send a birthday wish through a messaging system and include a favorite memory. If a friend is sick, we show we care by simply clicking a button and sending funny videos. When we miss someone, these days we’re never very far away. We can send them a video message. Wait, we can do better than that. We can pick up our smartphone and video chat live with them! The miracles of technology continue to expand and bring us closer all the time.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ElectronicGreetingsDay
Send an electronic greeting. Send a message using your preferred method of communication – electronically. It may be text, video, live, or pre-recorded. Make it short or long. Maybe it will be on social media, or perhaps, it will be a sweet card through e-mail. However, you send it, Celebrate Every Day® with enthusiasm, and share it using #ElectronicGreetingsDay to post on social media.
ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY HISTORY
Not long after the advent of electronic mail (e-mail) in 1993, the electronic greeting came along. Judith Donath created the first electronic greeting card site in 1994 at the MIT Media Lab. It was called the Electric Postcard. National Day Calendar® is continuing research on the source of Electronic Greetings Day.
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This is something that I feel applies today.
This story will be a favorite for everyone for Thanksgiving!
There was this man in Phoenix, Arizona…he called his son that lives in New York the day before Thanksgiving… I hate to ruin your day today, Son but, I have to tell you, SON… that your Mother and I are divorcing… forty-five years of total misery is long enough…I have had it!
POP! What do you mean…what in the world are you talking about… the boy screamed! What do you mean?
WE can’t stand the sight of each other… We are sick and tired of talking about it… so you just call your sister in Chicago and tell her about it!
Franitic the Son hangs up and calls the sister in Chicago and tells her all about it .. the phone call from their Father and she explodes about this on the phone… there’s no way that they are getting divorce, I’m going to take care of this!
She calls Phoenix, immediately and screams… at her Father, You are not getting a divorce… Don’t do a single thing till I get there… I’m calling my brother back, and will get there … we will both be there tomorrow morning, don’t’ do anything till we get there… Don’t do a ting… do you hear me!
The old man hangs up the phone and turns to his wife, and says to his wife, it is all “OKAY” they are coming for Thanksgiving… and they are paying their own way!
Dr. David Jeremiah shares a special message to encourage you to cultivate a heart of gratitude far beyond the Thanksgiving holiday – to live a life of Thanksgiving every day. D.V.
References: Deuteronomy 16:11-17
David Paul Jeremiah (born February 13, 1941) is an American conservative evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego.
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At this time of the year, the week of THANKSGIVING one does start to remember some of the things that were done , when as a child.
In the above photo, that is one of the very best of NUNS that were at the Orphanage. That is Sister Augustella handing out something sweet to eat at Recess time to those children, which were at that time, years ago, all younger than me.
This photo was taken for the Anniversary Book, to show that there was a very nice “BAKERY” and one of the very best of “NUNs” as proved by, the number of girls that would want to work for her, even when it was their free time.
I may have been in the third or fourth grades when I was first sent to the BAKERY to pick up a tray filled with the “Jelly Bread” for Breakfast on the Girl’s side Dining Room. Being on the nosy side, I did look all around and did ask a couple of questions and before you know it, I was then asked, “Do you want to come back later, when you are finished doing your other work, to do some work here?” … “I’ll be right back?”
Saturdays were the best days to work in the Bakery, I was surprised to be invited to have a cup of coffee with some pastry with the other girls older than myself that were also working. There was a job for you to do, and everyone was always busy doing something, as Sister Augustella would show you exactly how it was to be done! Sister worked with you just as long as it took, till you got the hang of doing what she was teaching you to do.
I did my fair share of cleaning pots and pans of which some really needing some tough scrubbing, and then preparing for the next “BAKE” each needed to greased properly. You might say that I now am still doing all of these same things, getting ready for those special treats that I will be baking for “THANKSGIVING” and for other special occasions!
When you are young, that is the time to be inquisitive enough to ask questions about doing those things that look interesting, because you never know – just maybe, some fifty or more years later in your LIFE – you just may be doing those projects that did require that you have been at least taught something about how they are to be done – and done correctly.
Throughout the years that I was at the Orphanage, and working for Sister Augustella, they were the best of the working assignments – it was volunteer and most enjoyable. Even when you had free time and there was no BAKING going on, you were still welcome to come and sit in the back room with Sister and some of the other girls – just talking about everything and in learning from the conversation about what others were thinking and planning on doing when they left here – to go home to be with their parents.
“Today, I guess that I could safely say – that everything that I needed to know now – I did learn in the very first years of my early LIFE!” “Thanks be to the Almighty, for the early lessons in my younger days!” D.V.
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Just looking at this fine Turkey, I am hoping that everyone will have such a nice tender Turkey dinner with all of their Family and Friends and be Blessed by the Almighty Yahweh with an abundance of those things that they need, as we will be entering into the New Year 2020!
2020 is just around the corner, NOW and I am wondering if everyone is ready for what this NEW YEAR will be bringing in? This current year has been an upside-down year. Seems that everyone wants things going their way – and if not their way – they seem to be adamant proving you to be wrong in the way that you think, talk ,teach and preach!
2019 has been rough for everyone as there is no straight and narrow road to travel, since there are more roads that seem to take you nowhere, but to a dead end! There is no right way to do anything since the person next to you wants it done their way, according to them that is the right way. Now no one can do anything right?
A hundred years ago, as I remember – We had nice heavy duty furniture ready to last hundreds of years. The lady of the house would make doilies and hand crochet items for every fine piece of furniture in the house, something like this photo.
Do you remember seeing such nice items on furniture in your home or maybe in your friends’ home? When I was very young, we were busy making all kinds of nice items for the entire house, all throughout you would see doilies on dressers, bed stands the end tables and beside any large piece of furniture.
Everywhere you looked, it was a beautiful site to see and admire, but you were afraid to touch and or use!
It seems that a family moves every six to seven years and to have a house look beautiful like the days gone by – is now impossible. It is too much work and no one to take care and make sure that there is no rough-housing to destroy such masterpieces of creative work, since we did hope they would last forever?
Within the next years coming, there does not seem to be the time to do the creative work as once done – as everyone in the household is working and meals are no longer prepared as for those designated times as they once were. There is too much rush put into doing everything, hardly time to think.
So, for this extra special week that we celebrate THANKSGIVING, let us slow down and start enjoying our FAMILY and FRIENDS – paying more attention to that which is the most important thing in our LIFE with those we LOVE!
Let us all take some special time with those we LOVE because we do not know if there will a tomorrow to celebrate with them as we should – it is NOW or never. I sure do not want to hear those words…”I wish that I did this or that – I should have – I could have – I just forgot to take the time – for those that are most important to me – and now I am so sorry!” D.V.
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