Captivating Man of December
Born: April 8, 1981
Canadian Actor: Battleship, Friday Night Lights
Captivating Man of December
Throughout history, mankind has celebrated bountiful harvests with thanksgiving ceremonies.
The first American Thanksgiving was a celebration between the pilgrims of the Plymouth Plantation and the Native American Wampanoag tribe, which took place in the autumn of 1621. After a hard and devastating first year in the New World, the Pilgrim’s fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. The original thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fish, shellfish, wild fowl, venison, berries, fruit, vegetables, harvest grains, beans, dried Indian maize or corn, and squash.
The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating thanksgivings—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victories or the end of a drought. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.
By the mid–1800s, many states observed a Thanksgiving holiday. Meanwhile, the poet and editor Sarah J. Hale had begun lobbying to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation, discussed the subject with Hale, and in 1863 Lincoln gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.
In 1939, 1940, and 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt, seeking to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Controversy followed, and Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November, where it remains today.
Nowadays many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by spending time with family and friends while eating turkey and watching football, at least this is what I plan to do. Whatever you plan to do this holiday, I hope you give thanks for all the blessings bestowed to you and enjoy the time shared with loved ones.
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I often use symbols in my stories, although readers may not always be aware of them. Since I minored in Art History, I have studied works of art from Egypt to modern times. The focus in all my studies was symbolism. Symbols are used in various art forms to convey different connotations from their literal meaning.
I really don’t care for bugs, but if I had to choose a favorite, I’d have to go with the colorful and beautiful Butterfly. The lifecycle of the butterfly consists of four stages, the egg, larva, pupa, and adult. They represent transformation and change. The butterfly emphasizes the ability to move from one state to the next, whether this is a life perspective, or a change in being from physical form to spirit. The butterfly endures profound changes to become an adult, and its message is to accept the changes in our lives as casually as the butterfly. Like the butterfly changes, so to do our soul’s by the end of our journey.
The butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion. They are often associated with the soul in many parts of the world. To the early Christians, the butterfly symbolized the soul. In China, the butterfly is seen as a symbol of conjugal bliss and immortality. Native Americans view the butterfly as a symbol of joy and change. They also believed the color of the butterfly contains it’s own message. To the Japanese, the white butterfly symbolizes departed loved ones. Butterflies serve as a reminder to not take things too seriously in life. They remind us that change is not only inevitable, but that it is also good, even if it doesn’t feel that way. So in essence, this pretty insect is telling you to lighten up and allow the heaviness and tension to fly away with the breeze, while you enjoy the ride.
Butterflies serve a higher purpose for many, and I have seen first hand how departed loved ones make use of them. The stories I have could fill pages and I can’t help finding the heaven sent butterflies amazing. The joy they bring to a hurting parent’s heart is priceless. All hail the butterfly.
Ballindalloch Castle is located in Moray, Scotland. The first tower of the Z plan design was built in 1546, which was a typical design for the late 16th century noble houses in the Grampian region. The tower house was plundered and burned by the first Marquis of Montrose, but was restored in 1645. Ballindalloch is known as the Pearl of the North. The property has been in the Russell Macpherson-Grant family since 1457. The Macpherson-Grants, founded the famous Aberdeen Angus cattle on this land. In 1770, two wings were added to the castle by James Grant, who decided to enlarge his family home and allow his chef the use of one of the new wings. Throughout the property’s history, the castle underwent alterations, which were extensive during the Victorian era, with further modernizations being done in 1965. The rivers Spey and Avon run through the property. The home is still family owned and is open to the public. Guests can partake in light snacks and beverages in the tearoom.