Sunny evening, 6 June 2018

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Today, 25 November 2010, is Thanksgiving here in the Isle of Lewis. One shop is closed for the day; most of the others are trading as normal. When I first came to Lewis, 6 years ago, a lot of shops shut after lunchtime for this religious festival. Much has changed, even in such a short period of time. I am endeavouring to find out why Thanksgiving is held in November, rather than in September as is customary in England and parts of Scotland. I am not in position to speculate why our American and Canadian friends also observe Thanksgiving in November, in parallel with Lewis. The Pilgrim Fathers left British shores from southern England, and emigration from the Hebrides did not take off until much later, in the 18th century. I have asked someone who should know, and hope to get the answer shortly.

Today is also the start of winter, judging by the icy conditions on the pavements this morning. Heavy snow has wreaked havoc on the roads of Moray- and Aberdeenshire this morning, and there is no prospect of improvement. Temperatures will be close to zero for at least the next week as a northerly blast appears to be firmly entrenched over this country.

I have now gone through the copies of the Stornoway Gazette for the year 1917, looking for tributes for servicemen from the Isle of Lewis who lost their life in the First World War. The total number of tributes will exceed 100 once I have transcribed today's harvest. I will endeavour to take in 1918 as of next week, leading to the aftermath of the Iolaire Disaster in the early days of 1919.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I didn't realize that you too celebrated it. It's good to have a day to remind us all of what we are thankful for. It'll be interesting to see what you find out about the Thanksgiving dates we all have. I hope your day is a blessed one.

  2. There Guido they say we learn something new everyday ~ and today I learn that you Celebrate Thanksgiving day on the Isle of Lewis ~ hope you are having a pleasant day ~ It has been snowing here almost all day ~ Ally x

  3. I didn't know you celebrated it either. That is neat to know. Here I always thought it was a time of "harvest" (or plenty) and that is why it was celebrated this time of year. I believe that is what our youth is being taught in history.

    I found a website also:

    Hope you have had a good day!

  4. Well as Ally and Ma say I also have learnt something new...Lewis celebrating Thanksgiving...I have never heard of it being celebrated in Scotland..certainly never down in the Edinburgh area ...There was always Harvest celebrated with perhaps a church supper..but can't remember anything special at home. Cold down here as well now, although thankfully no snow...just very frosty.
    Love Sybil x