Wishing all of my readers, and Janeites in the US, a very happy Thanksgiving day with your friends, family and fur fellows.
Jane Austen did not celebrate this American holiday in her lifetime, nor did she know of it. For one, she was an Englishwoman and the holiday was not an official annual tradition in the US until 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” She did however write this thanksgiving prayer which I find quite fitting.
Give us a thankful sense of the blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our lot; that we may not deserve to lose them by discontent or indifference. Hear us almighty God, for his sake who has redeemed us, and taught us thus to pray. Amen. – Jane Austen, Prayer I
I am very grateful for many blessings this holiday – and especially thankful of all of my fellow reviewers here on Austenprose: Christina, Kimberly, Jeffrey, Aia, Bro. Paul, Shelley, Lucy and Lisa. Your dedication, generosity of time, and writing skills are greatly appreciated by me and many. Thank you!
And last, but certainly not least, I am very thankful of the works of Jane Austen, whose author has given me many hours of enjoyment, admiration and inspiration!
Have a wonderful holiday everyone!
- ‘Prayers composed by my dear sister Jane’ – A Thankful Sense of Jane Austen’s Prayers
- Family Dinners, Regency Style
© 2012, Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose