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Bill Ellis: Among other things, November known for heritage

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:58 PM

For many of us, November is one of the most interesting months of the year.

When you come to the last day of the month you are using day number 335 and only 31 days will follow before a new year begins.

Halloween was the last day of October and the next day, November 1, was “All Saints Day” and November 2 for some was called “Day of the Dead.”  Daylight Savings Time ended on Nov. 4, Nov. 6 was Election Day for the nation, Nov. 11 was Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on Nov. 22.

Some called the next day “Black Friday,” the most gigantic of all shopping days and by Nov. 30, most families will have consumed the last of the turkey.

November may also be described as “Heritage Month.” Think about it. Heritage has to do with legacy, ancestry, inheritance, tradition and birthright. All the good things passed on from one generation to another. Shalom Asch called it “Scriptures . . . which have been absorbed into our blood.”

For many years, part of the Ellis family legacy was to enjoy an all-family dinner at the home of Louise Ellis Johnson here in Teays Valley, at Scott Depot. Louise had served for years as the postmaster at Cedar Grove. Her daddy “Buck” and my daddy, “Bud” were brothers.

Louise prepared the most delicious turkey dressing I have ever tasted. After I had eaten plenty and had some dessert, I would always finish up with another helping of her super dressing. It had the taste I wanted to linger for the rest of the day.

The proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, issued in 1863, established as a legal holiday “Thanksgiving Day” on the fourth Thursday of November.

On Nov. 13, Putnam County Celebrated its 18th Annual County-wide Thanksgiving Dinner, meeting in the large and well appointed Community Room of First State Bank, Hurricane. The entire area was filled to capacity. Melissa Pratt, soloist and Randy Parson, guitarist presented appropriate music. Mary Zigmond, executive chef of “The Gallery” (304-757-8925), catered the artistically decorated room.

We all listened attentively to Leon McCoy, who again was the “Real McCoy.” Leaders from county government, business, education, industry, other citizens and our churches were well represented.

When I think of all the good things that have been handed down to me, it includes the church, school, government, community, neighborhoods and most of all my family, kinfolk and numerous friends.

Tuesday night many attended the area Thanksgiving Service at The Depot, sponsored by the Teays Valley Ministerial Association as people came from all the churches of the area and county.

David said it well, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance” (Psalm 16:6).  November has earned the title of being both “Thanksgiving Month” and “Heritage Month.”

Soon, the bright lights ushering in another Advent Season will gladden our hearts as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.

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