Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day ranks with Easter and Christmas in the hearts of Americans. Not only Americans have a day of thanks. Canada does too as well as other countries:

Germany Grenada Japan Liberia The Netherlands Norfolk Island

In the U.K. thanks is given for the harvest in various communities but there is no national day of thanksgiving.

Many of us are descendants of the signers of the Mayflower Compact. There are millions of us who are descendants. I am descended from George Soule, the 35th signer who came over under contract (indenture) to work for the cost of the crossing. They landed at Plymouth in 1620 and suffered from the harshness of the New England climate. The Native Americans in the country helped to save them from starvations.

Chief Squanto and other Indians not only supplied them with food but taught them how to grow food and how to fish and how to build structures to protect them from the harsh winters.

Turkeys ran wild and they were a good source of protein to the pilgrims. It is used as the main course for most Thanksgiving celebrations to this day.  Potatoes, cranberries, sweet potatoes, green beans were vegetables that they learned to harvest.

So Thanksgiving Day is not only watching football and Black Friday preparation day. Americans have much for which to be thankful.  We have a free society in a land of abundance. So at Thanksgiving we gather as families and give thanks for all that we receive.


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