The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 22, 1967 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 22, 1967
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Upp er *0 otma AIGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1967 EDITOR'S NOTE: This edition of Woman's World is a reprint from the Thursday, November 26, 1953 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. - o - . I'VE BEEN CHECKING BACK in my scrapbook to find out what I can say about Thanksgiving Day to make this year's column a bit different from those of the years before and I find there is really not much that is new on the subject. This is as it should be, I think, for Thanksgiving with the same old customs, food and family seems to take on a desirable mellowness when it is celebrated year after year in much the same way. - o - THANKSGIVING DAY STARTED A LONG TIME AGO, you know, in 1621 when the Pilgrims set aside three days for feasting in gratitude for a bountiful harvest. George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, but it remained for Abraham Lincoln to make it an official holiday in 1864. Since then the day has been regularly observed throughout the United States. - o - TURKEY BECAME THE TRADITIONAL bird on the bill-of-fare when the Pilgrims went into the woods and shot some wild game for their feast. I don't know how cranberries got into the act, but I suppose they grew wild around Plymouth and somebody found out they were delicious. The first pumpkin pies were probably sweetened with maple syrup and the first stuffing for the bird could have been made from left over cornbread instead of day-old sliced, enriched bakery bread. Through the years, cooks have kept o;v t&&-ffi«swi the best of the traditional and added favorite newer foods until today Thanksgiving dinner is a real feast. Some unconventional folks even prefer capon, goose or duck to turkey, and I don't hold with this. But whatever is served on Thanksgiving, the most important part of the feast is the spirit of the occasion -- the thankful heart. - o - WHY IS IT SOMETIMES SO HARD to say, "thank you?" It begins in childhood, this difficulty in expressing gratitude. When a youngster is asked if he'd like a cookie, so often he replies, "I don't care" instead of, "Yes, thank you." I did this myself when I was young until one day a lady set the plate of goodies away because she took me literally. - o - YOU CAN TRAIN ANY KID to parrot automatic "thank yous" for every little thing but when it comes to getting him to express gratitude he really feels it's a little harder. It's a mixture of shyness and the desire not to seem over-eager that holds him back. In children, the happy look in the eyes can express sufficient thanks when the proper words won't come from the lips but adults are inclined to have a practiced dead-pan expression that hides their real feelings. And we .get too busy to write that litUe note or to run over to a neighbor's house to express our appreciation. Even in our prayers, we sometimes get so involved in asking the Good Lord for tilings we forget to thank Him for the blessings we have already received. - o - "IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE than to receive," the Bible tells us. This is true but I sometimes think that gracious receiver is just about the biggest part of the blessing of giving. The purpose of a gift, whether it be a ribbon-tied package, a thoughtful act, or a word of cheer, is to make the receiver happy. If it accomplishes this purpose and the receiver lets the giver know it did, then they are both blest and it becomes the perfect gift. Christmas is the holiday for givers; Thanksgiving is the holiday for receivers and the time to acknowledge with thanks our gifts. Since we are all on the receiving end, let's pause a moment in our feasting and count just a few of the many things for which we are thankful. - o - SINCE THANKSGIVING IS A PURELY American holiday we can start by being grateful that we live in this country. Yes, I know I've written those exact words several times before but I'm still living in the same country and with the world situation being as it is I'm more than thankful for it every day. How horrible it must be to go to the polls and know you must vote for the proper candidate --or else! And. when you think officials or the party in power are acting like nincompoops, here in the United States we can say so right out loud. Some of our dissenting friends may knock our teeth in for it but at least no secret police are going to drag us out of bed in the middle of the night and ship us to the salt mines. - o - I'M THANKFUL FOR HOME. That includes the state, the town and the house where we live. Looking at it from the dark side, the climate of the state is too hot in the summer, too cold in winter; the town is too gullible to gossip and the house is mighty shabby around the edges and has far too little storage space. I may want to leave all three of them for brief periods of time, but I'll always come back for it's Home and that's where the heart is. - o - I'M THANKFUL FOR OUR FAMILY and when you include all the tribe, it's a big one. Gobs of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins can make life pretty confusing at times but it sure makes things interesting. When there's illness, accident or trouble in the family it affects all of us but so does it when the good things come along. I'm thankful especially for Daddy, Bill, Mary Ann and Jean -- four of the best tilings that ever happened to me. - o - I'M THANKFUL FOR THE LITTLE THINGS -- hot coffee in the morning, the smell of supper cooking and the peace and quiet that settles over our house when the younsters are all in bed. I'm grateful for aspirin when I have a headache and for laughter shared with friends. 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