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Here in America, we have a long tradition of thanksgiving. It began in 1621 when the first settlers declared a day of thanksgiving in gratitude to God for His bountiful provision of the fall harvest. Although it was not one big meal but meals(s) that went on for a week. In between those meals, the story tells, of how they played games, sang and danced. The Wampunoag people and chief Ousamequin had taught the settlers how to plant crops and helped them through their first winter. Their meals were not as we consider a standard Thanksgiving meal but most likely consisted of: duck or other waterfowl, venison, samp (a kind of porridge or corn-based oatmeal), seafood, cabbage, onions, corn and squash. Definitely no cranberry sauce or masked potatoes and gravy.

Then during George Washington's first year as president, he recognized a day of thanksgiving for the nation. Our current Thanksgiving holiday became official in 1863 during President Lincoln's tenure.

Amongst the feasting, football and early Christmas shopping, we shouldn't lose sight of the original purpose for the holiday---to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone on the ODAA Executive Board. We are so grateful for each of you---are members. We hope you will have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and you in turn will be a blessing to your patients, family, friends and everyone you encounter as we enter in to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.


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