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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Imagine The First Thanksgiving

Imagine for a second that you are one of the 102 Puritans that came to America that fateful day. Taking time right off the coast of England to board the Plymouth readying for a trip to Holland. On another ship the Pilgrims were saying goodbye to their loved ones as well. The seas seemed a bit choppy but this was expected on the brisk autumn season. Before the groups laid a new freedom in a new land.

When they reached the new world they had to set up new lives with no help. It would be through their efforts that a great nation would be built. They were not alone in this new land as all ready there was a tribe named the Abnaki's. Thinking that they had arrived near India the Pilgrims named the group of individuals met their Indians. Perhaps the tribe was happy to see people of a new culture as well. As the tribe would take the Pilgrims and help them learn to survive in the new world

The Abnaki's would teach the pilgrims to plant crops, build homes, hunt, fish in the rivers and live life. A friendship of sorts was created and to celebrate this relationship they would come together for a feast. The two groups would celebrate for three days enjoying a cuisine of both land and sea. Blessings were offered to God for the harvest, friendship and feast. Moreover the first feast not yet Thanksgiving was celebrated.

It was America's first president George Washington that proclaimed the first Thanksgiving as a nation wide "Day of Thanks" in 1789. Since that time the fourth Thursday of November was set aside to celebrate the blessings for family, friendship and all that God gives us.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. 
It turns what we have into enough and more
It turns denial into acceptance , chaos to order, confession to clarity
It can  turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home
a stranger into a friend. 
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today
and creates a  vision for tomorrow. 

Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving is for celebrating our blessings, making new and sharing old traditions no matter what country you are from. It is to share our grateful heart with those that we love and sharing goes great with food. So if we partake over some savory cuisine and a bit of ambrosia then all the better. It is not the pumpkin pie that makes Thanksgiving while it helps. But it is counting our blessings

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