This month Facebook has been filled with people giving thanks each day for what they have in their lives.  Or for the people that are in their lives or their circumstances.  I have often given thanks on this blog for the same.  I am not going to do the same for the next few days.  At Thanksgiving it does seem logical to do so.  I am going to give thanks for an inanimate object.

I am thankful for my stove.

Think about this for a minute.  What is Thanksgiving without the meal?  It is a day we set aside for Thanks.  Is this part of it celebrated anymore?  Why do we even celebrate this day?  Pilgrim time?

In early autumn of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their successful harvest, as was the English custom.  During this time, “many of the Indians coming… amongst the rest their great king Massasoit, with some ninety men.”

That 1621 celebration is remembered as the “First Thanksgiving in Plymouth.”

The Pilgrims did not call this harvest festival a “Thanksgiving,”  although they did give thanks to God.  To them, a Day of Thanksgiving was purely religious.  The first recorded religious Day of Thanksgiving was held in 1623 in response to a providential rainfall.

The religious day of thanksgiving and the harvest festival evolved into a single event: a yearly Thanksgiving, proclaimed by individual governors for a Thursday in November.  The custom of an annual Thanksgiving celebrating abundance and family spread across America.

Some presidents proclaimed Thanksgivings, others did not.  Abraham Lincoln began the tradition of an annual national Thanksgiving in 1863.

Thanksgiving is an enduring symbol from which millions of immigrants have learned “Americanism.”  While not all Native Peoples celebrate the day, the story of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag sharing a harvest celebration remains an inspiration to many.

From Wikipedia we get the rest of the story.

…the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to last.[25]The amendment passed the U.S. House, and on December 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November.[26] However, for several years some states continued to observe the last-Thursday date in years with five November Thursdays (the next such year being 1944), with Texas doing so as late as 1956.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. In a tradition that began as a one-off joke by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and made permanent by George H. W. Bush in 1989, the live turkey is “pardoned” and lives out the rest of its days on a nearby peaceful farm.[27] There are legends that state that the “pardoning” tradition dates to the Harry Truman administration or even to an anecdote of Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son’s pet turkey; both stories have been quoted in more recent presidential speeches, but neither has any evidence in the Presidential record.[28] In more recent years, two turkeys have been pardoned, in case the original turkey becomes unavailable for presidential pardoning.[29][30]

I cannot imagine cooking the dinner that we have the way they did in the 1600s.  I remember being at a replica old village where they were cooking on spits in pits and other ways without a stove.  I am thankful for my stove.

I can turn the knobs or push the buttons and there is the heat necessary to cook the filling for the graham cracker pie.  The heat necessary to cook the apple pie and the turkey.  The heat necessary to cook the potatoes, squash, turnip, green bean casserole, yams and gravy.  Perhaps I could be thankful for electricity when you dig deeper.  It is the convenience.  It is the stove as a symbol for sure.

I brought it to the stove as we have acquaintances who are having trouble fixing a very old wall oven.  Finally got it working for their holiday cooking.  It made me think of my stove.  Imagine all those who are so devastated from Sandy as well.  They will be thankful for a meal. It is tragic.  My heart goes out to them.   I am also thankful to our church for giving us a way to help these people.

I am thankful for my stove.  I miss the double ovens I had in one home.  I miss the 5 burner stove I had in another.  I am simply thankful I have a stove which will be getting a workout this week.  Got to say I am not a pit or spit kind of gal!!!



  1. I remember when Nana, your Great Aunt Jessie, cooked on/in her wood-burning stove. Was that so long ago? And when I was in Chile for Thanksgiving, we cooked our duck (no turkey to be found, thank you) on a wood stove. Then it was fun, but I wouldn’t want to make a habit of it. And renting apartments in France, we often find “hobs” that consist of two burners. End of story. No turkey possible there, eh? This time, we have a full complement, though small, so we may have a chicken on Thursday. No way could we manage a turkey–just the two of us. In any event, we do depend on those instruments of convenience, don’t we?

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