Column: Thanksgiving— a time for family

Nov. 15, 2012

Thanksgiving— a time for family
By Sen. Joe Hune

Ever since the Pilgrims first sailed for the new world to escape religious persecution, we have celebrated a holiday that has come to be known as Thanksgiving.

After their first harvest in 1621, a celebration was held out of gratefulness for a bountiful harvest. The Pilgrims and Native Americans of the Northeast joined together for a three-day celebration centered around a feast.

This day was in stark comparison to today’s Thanksgiving, which features parades, football games or “Black Friday” sales. The first Thanksgiving was simply a time to give thanks for the fruits that the new world bore.

Though most of us will buy our turkey and trimmings from the grocery store, Thanksgiving is still rooted in the same foundations that it was centuries ago. This Thanksgiving, like the first, is a time to gather with family and give thanks for our many blessings.

Take some time this Thanksgiving and appreciate all that you have in this modern age. Though you may not be spending your Thanksgiving on a plantation in New England, take pride in what and especially whom you have around you this year.

I’d also like to bring attention to one other important event in our community coming up.

The 29th annual Fantasy of Lights parade takes place Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in downtown Howell. The event includes many activities in Howell before the parade, including Christmas Alley, the Fantasy 5k Run and much more. For more information visit the Howell Chamber of Commerce website at
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.