Mayor's Column
mayor "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

Thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrims in 1621 with a feast celebrating the survival of their first year in the New World. The party was a traditional English harvest festival and lasted three days.

The custom of an annual day for giving thanks continued through the years and in the late 1770's, a national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress. In 1817, New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th Century, other states joined in the tradition. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving and, since then, each President has issued a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. We now celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving has become the unofficial start of the Holiday Season. Businesses look forward to the following day which is the national phenomenon that has become known as "Black Friday." It has traditionally been the time that retailers went from being unprofitable or 'in the red' to being profitable or "in the black." The Monday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as "Cyber Monday" since retailers give discounts to online shoppers.

While traditions vary, Thanksgiving should remain a holiday which focuses on food, tradition, family and gratitude.

On behalf of the Township Committee, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

** HOPE Church at 700 Cooper Road will hold their Annual Gingerbread House Party on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. followed by their Annual Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Enjoy music, crafts, hot chocolate and apple cider. Santa will arrive by fire truck!

** Santa Claus has arrived at the Voorhees Town Center! He will be available for photographs Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pet photos with Santa are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. For more information about holiday events, visit www.voorheestowncenter.com.

** The Lions Club will host "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lions Lake Park Banquet Facility, 101 Dutchtown Road. Santa moves from table to table to visit with the children so bring your camera. For more information, call Dennis Hunt at (856) 795-4273.
Voorhees, New Jersey
2400 Voorhees Town Center
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: (856) 429 - 7174
Fax: (856) 429 - 3766
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