It would appear as things heated up between us and England that Days of Thanksgiving in the Colonies, took on a more focused and important purpose. Take a look at this one by John Hancock in 1774 who includes in thoughts that, "harmony and union to be restored between Great Britain and these colonies".
In 1777, progress during the war was cause for a Day of Thanksgiving
In 1783, a Day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed to be thankful for a "cessation of all hostilities"
So as we launch headlong into the craziness of the holiday season, why not take a minute to reflect on how our 18th century forefathers and mothers viewed Thanksgiving and be thankful that they left us their words to study and to learn from.
Best wishes from all of us at the Hive and enjoy this Day of Thanksgiving!