On this day in 1789, Thanksgiving was celebrated for the first time under the new U.S. Constitution based on a proclamation signed by President George Washington. However, it took over 150 years for Thanksgiving to be recognized as an official Federal holiday. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a Congressional resolution establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.
In June 2000, Neil Pasricha started a blog called 1000 Awesome Things as a reminder that although there is plenty of bad news every day, there are also a lot of things to be thankful for, things that Pasricha characterizes as “the free, easy little joys that make life sweet.” At Pasricha’s blog each “Awesome Thing” is numbered. Below is a small sample of numbers 498 to 492:
#498 Long comfortable silences between really close friends
#497 The moment after the show ends and before the applause begins
#496 Seeing way worse weather on TV somewhere else
#495 When it suddenly just clicks
#494 Cutting your sandwich into triangles
#493 When that zit growing on your forehead suddenly just disappears
#492 The first text message between new friends
Each numbered item is linked to a detailed entry, describing in vivid detail what makes the thing truly awesome (1).
Today’s Challenge: 26 Awesome Things to Be Thankful For
What are 26 things you are thankful for? Brainstorm a list of at least 26 awesome things to be thankful for, one for each letter of the alphabet, such as Accordions, The Beatles, Canned Food, Donuts, etc. Once you have your A to Z list, select one item on your list, and write a detailed description that shows and tells why that one item is so awesome.
1-1000 Awesome Things. http://1000awesomethings.com/.