but to my original point: Perhaps it’s just the Gardener in me ...but...Thanksgiving is more than A Turkey Feast, and a Football Game.
Every Agrarian Society (farmers) celebrates Thanksgiving
(Thanking a God or gods) for a successful Harvest.
When we switched from living in small family groups and related small
bands of Hunter/Gatherers that had to follow herds and find enough
seasonally available plants to feed the entire group, and learned to
cultivate crops, it was a double-edged sword.
We became chained to the land, and a slave to a readily available food
source that needed constant care & protection.
On one hand, a settled lifestyle allowed villages to become established,
with the advantage of shared work and guards against wild animals,
and marauding bands, always ready (and often able) to seize what you
dedicated time & back-breaking work to cultivate.
We rarely think about it in today’s Super Market Society, but raising
food is not only laborious, but time consuming as well. Most crops
take a YEAR or longer to come to fruition (bear fruit) all during that
time people are surviving on last years harvest to carry them through
to THIS year’s Harvest...
If This Year’s Harvest goes BUST (fails) the bottom Falls Out!
Today farmers can take out a loan and pray that Next Year is Better
but before the advent of such things as “Crop Insurance’ it was
literally a Matter of Life or Death! (especially in colder climates)
Even in warmer climates.. Next Year’s SEEDS Depends on THIS YEAR’S
CROP! -- NO Ticky/No Shirty! Do Not Pass “GO” Do Not Collect $200!
It meant crushing hardships, the youngest & oldest often didn’t make it.
You better believe.. that they’d THANK (The) GOD(s) when by some
miracle... everything went your way For An Entire Year!
It’s a BIG DEAL... in fact The YEAR’S BIGGEST DEAL! and EveryBody
from EVery Society Celebrates the End to LAST YEAR’S Dried Apples
and Weevil-Infested Flour. It’s A Time to Count Your Blessings and
FINALLY Enjoy (AND SHARE) the Fruits of Your Labor.