Thursday, November 26, 2009

We Gather Together

Magnet # 101:  Plymouth Pilgrim Hat

Material:  Plastic

Purchased By:  Mom & Dad

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Turkey Day!  I'm fortunate enough to have the day off from work and my family here to celebrate with me, and I hope this is the same for all of you.  This year's Thanksgiving celebration is special in that it is a true anniversary of the day George Washington proclaimed as the first official day of thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26, 1789.  It was the first presidential proclamation ever made in the United States.  After that, some presidents declared Thanksgivings, while others did not.  Sometimes the holiday was even celebrated outside of autumn.  Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln established it as a national celebration to be held on the last Thursday in November.  Ever since, it has been an annual holiday, and the only change to it occurred in 1939, when there were five Thursdays, and Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to the fourth Thursday.  This actually upset quite a few Americans, considering he did it in October and it disrupted many holiday plans.  Around half the states refused to change the date, and some, like Texas, celebrated it both weeks.  But nowadays, it's simply another characteristic of the holiday.

My family is here in Savannah with me today and we went to the Mulberry Inn for our Thanksgiving meal.  It's a beautiful historic location and it's hard to believe that it started out in the 1860's as a livery stable and cotton warehouse, then became a Coca-Cola bottling facility.  You could never tell that today - it's one of the nicest hotels Savannah has offer, located in historic downtown.  The Courtyard Cafe is located right next to the courtyard with large windows overlooking its idyllic setting.  We sat near the fountain and it was nice to see the water tricking down it.  A buffet was served and, in addition to turkey and stuffing, there were lamb chops, shrimp newberg, prime rib, and ham.  There were also plenty of sides like squash casserole, macaroni and cheese, and my favorite, sweet potato casserole.  The food was delicious, the service was prompt and friendly, and there was even a trio of live musicians playing the drums, the piano, and the bass.  Their songs were mainly mood music, and even a few numbers by Savannah native Johnny Mercer.  Afterwards, we strolled around a few squares before heading home to nap.  All in all, we've had been a pretty perfect day.

In a bizarre twist of irony, today is also National Cake Day.  It's celebrated every November 26, so I imagine the two holidays overlap from time to time.  So, if you're like me and prefer cake to pie (it's all about the icing), you have just cause to demand your loved ones return to the kitchen and whip up a cake to top off the rest of the indulgences you've already enjoyed.  Or maybe not.  Try as I might, I was unable to find out the roots of this holiday, but I was lucky enough to celebrate it properly. The Mulberry has about five different desserts to choose from, including cheesecake and carrot cake, and I had some of both.  Of course, my Mom did point out that there was no chocolate on the dessert table, and we chocoholics do need our fix.  But the food there was wonderful, and we all agreed that every dish was delicious.  If you're bummed that you missed out on it, check out their site, http://www.savannahhotel.com/.  They also offer lunch buffets and Sunday brunch, so you can see for yourself what a lovely spot it is if you're ever in the area.  As for today, I hope you've all had a tasty meal (or will soon) and have as good Thanksgiving as I'm having.  We're all truly fortunate to have a day set aside to spend time with our families and appreciate all that we have.

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