The first Thanksgiving holiday lasted for three days, not much different than in today’s world. Most people officially begin their Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, when they leave for their holiday, and don’t return to work until the following Monday. The festivities that first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the original Plymouth Colony settlers and Native Americans, who were part of the area at the time. Games were enjoyed by the men in attendance because women and children were not permitted to participate.
It seems collectively, people devour about 736 million pounds of turkeys for the Thanksgiving celebrations. That’s a lot of turkey! What is interesting here, is to learn turkey was not the only meat on the menu for the first Thanksgiving! The first meal also included wild goose or duck, deer, fish and eels. I admit, I cringe at the thought of eels….. they make me think of snakes. But what do I know? People do, in some places I am told, eat snake.
So, what makes Thanksgiving such a wonderful holiday to celebrate? Our country is so different than what it was in the 1620's, yet there are similarities. There was certainly strife during the time of the first Thanksgiving, and politically it may have had different players and circumstances, but there are parallels when considering the political arena in our lives today.
The religious spectrum has changed over the centuries as people valued the right to worship as they believed. While we have the same privilege today, there are those who would like nothing more than to steal that right away. Bearing arms is yet another privilege the Pilgrims cherished for protection against any foe that would come to harm them. This mindset is being challenged by those who believe guns kill people, while in truth, it’s people that kill people, just as the pencil cannot destroy another without the direct aid of a human.
That said, we can say with a degree of accuracy that news across the world is not only dappled in unpleasantness, it wreaks of it. Horror stories of shootings, weather related strife and political unrest abound. Yet here we are getting ready to celebrate another Thanksgiving Holiday. So, we cook our meals, prepare lots of yummy desserts and invite friends and family to share a meal while we blot out all that is going on around us.
There is indeed reason to have a thankful heart, despite the darkness around us. Gather your family, friends and maybe even the least likely person around, to hold hands at your table and share in a oneness of Thanksgiving. Remember all that is good in your life.
I share my heart of thankfulness for you! I am grateful you take a moment to read the thoughts my “pencil” puts to “paper.” I am blessed by God with a family who loves me, friends who accept me, a country of freedom to make my own choices and so many other things. Thank you, each and every one! I am blessed!
Share your thoughts with us on your Thanksgiving traditions, family and especially those things for which you are grateful! Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!