|Color of the day: Green
Incense of the day: Dill
The autumn feast we now refer to as Thanksgiving has roots that go far deeper into the past than a presidential decree. The feast of thanks grew out of the old European harvest home festivals that were Pagan in origin, and that retained their Pagan character. Many of the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony proposed this feast of thanks to their god for helping them prepare for the harsh winter ahead, and to the presence of the local Native American tribes that were critical players in the Colony's survival. You can make your own Thanksgiving feast special by inviting some that are less fortunate to join you. A warm house and a special meal will make a memorable day for all. As various dishes are passed clockwise around the table, have people tell not only what they are thankful for, but what they wish for themselves in the year to come. After everyone's plate is filled, take the wishbone from the turkey-or a makeshift one from a broken tree limb if you are vegetarian-and say:
The lord and lady have heard all our chatter,
Your god, my god, the source does not matter.
In peace and hope we share this meal,
With gratitude and zeal.