A time of thanksgiving

Rep. Richard Hudson

November 27, 2013

In a few days, families will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and sweet pumpkin pie. As most everyone knows, the history of Thanksgiving began with such a feast when the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined together to celebrate a successful harvest. But Thanksgiving is about much more than just food.

Following a resolution of Congress, the very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 26, to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” However, it was 74 years later that President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving the annual American holiday we know it as today.

The Pilgrims, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of Thanksgiving. Just as the Pilgrims were thankful to God and the Native Americans who came to help them, and as our patriarchs were thankful for the opportunity to form a new nation and establish a new constitution, we also should reflect on the many blessings we have been given.

Every year as a kid my mom would make us go around the Thanksgiving dinner table and share aloud a few things we were grateful for. While I didn’t appreciate or understand her intentions at the time, this act imparted on me the importance of being grateful. So this year, I’d like to “go around the table” with you and hear what you’re thankful for. I’m particularly thankful for my relationship with God, my beautiful and loving wife, my supportive family and friends, and the opportunity to serve North Carolinians in Congress. What are you thankful for? Please share your thoughts and comments on my Facebook page at or on Twitter (@RepRichHudson) using the hashtag #ImThankful. You can also visit my website at Hudson.House.Gov and email me.

When we hear all the things that others are thankful for, it reminds us that there really is so much to be grateful for in this world. It isn’t the details of what we are thankful for that matter, it’s the simple fact that we are taking the time to appreciate and reflect on what we have. I can’t wait to hear from you. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.