We all have many things to be thankful for. Not the least important is the fact that we don't have to forage for tomorrow's feast.
The first Thanksgiving, they say, happened sometime between September and November 1621. Can you imagine having to set out each day in search of daily food no matter what the weather was? I can't. And if you found any tasty tidbits, they would have to be dealt with before you could eat them. The pilgrims were a very hardy lot, and I imagine quite skinny. Those hardy people kept on truckin', though, and here we are in November 2011 with so much food on our tables I can already hear the groans all over Bluffton.
It wasn't until 1941 that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as our day of thanks. Of course, having the holiday fall so close to a weekend is nice too. Those politicians are always on their toes -- long weekends are great don't you think?
So settle back, enjoy yourself and give Aunt Gladys that last piece of pie you were saving. After all, she is seldom here, and it is going to be a long weekend if you don't!
The Hilton Head Choral Society is presenting its 27th annual Christmas tour of homes from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. There will be six private homes decorated to the "nines" just for your enjoyment. The theme of this year's tour is "The Bells of Belfair." Janice Creech will entertain with holiday piano music in the clubhouse. There will be refreshments served from 2 to 4 p.m. Six beautiful Christmas fairies will be given away in a drawing for ticketholders. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets online at www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org or call 843-341-3818. Proceeds from the tour benefit many local charities.
The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society will hold a Christmas Gala, at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The fun begins at the Heyward House at 70 Boundary St. with cocktails, entertainment and lots of dancing. This fun event benefits the ongoing restoration of the Heyward House, which is headquarters for the society. There also will be live and silent auctions. Cost for tickets is $60 a person. Details: 843-757-6293, email@example.com
Families in need of Christmas toys should stop by Bluffton Self Help at their new headquarters in Sheridan Park to sign up. You may sign up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays morning except Thanksgiving weekend. You must have a photo ID, proof that you live in Beaufort, Hampton or Jasper counties and a working phone number. In other words, you can't just show up and say your child needs something for Christmas. Details: 843-757-8000.
If you want to get some exercise Thanksgiving Day, there will be a Turkey Chase, a 5K run through historic Bluffton that morning. What a great way to work up an appetite and start off a wonderful day in Bluffton.
The run will start at 8:30 a.m. the Bluffton Oyster Factory on Wharf Street. Details: www.playhardeventtiming.com
This weekend is also the beginning of Christmas celebrations around our area. Take a tour of old town Bluffton and look at the decorated businesses and stop in for some shopping. Santa will officially arrive for a brief time at the Bluffton Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Dec. 3, and we'll all be ready to greet him!
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.