A look at how we can embrace the traditions of Thanksgiving and be thankful for our blessings.
Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. There are numerous theories and accounts of Thanksgiving and its origins, but the most common story is that the day marks the celebration of the early settlers, travelling from Plymouth to Massachusetts on a ship called the Mayflower. The settlers were a group of 102 English Protestants, known as ‘separatists’, who wished to break away from the Church of England and be free to practice their own beliefs. Their pilgrimage lasted 66 days, and most stayed on the ship throughout the winter, where they suffered a loss of half of their passengers.
When spring came, the remaining Pilgrims, as they are now better known, went ashore and were greeted by a Native American named Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. once a slave to an English sea captain who had escaped and made his way back to his homeland. Despite his past, Squanto welcomed the Pilgrims and taught them about the land and how to provide for themselves by hunting, fishing, and planting and harvesting. It is said that the Pilgrims then joined the Wampanoag Indians in a three day Harvest feast, commonly known as the First Thanksgiving.
As the years have progressed, the American Thanksgiving holiday has become a special time for families and friends to reunite and celebrate with a feast. Many people use the day to take time to be thankful for the blessings you have in their lives, and even if you don’t live in the states or officially celebrate the holiday, this is the perfect time to reflect and think about everything you have to be thankful for.
However you spend the day, even if you don’t have the time to do anything special or outside of your usual routine, we hope that you have a wonderful time, and are able to count your blessings and be reminded of all of the positive things in your life.
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