"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
** 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.