In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln.
Looks like there is a bountiful harvest, what a spread!…my wife thinks the pig under the table is an allegory for me each Thanksgiving as I stuff myself past the point of bursting.
This poor guy has no idea what's to come.
A mini-scale Plymouth Rock…what is this, a new world for ants!?
A historic meeting of colonists and natives, if only they had all gone this congenially.
Squanto, a Patuxent Native American who resided with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them. Additionally the Wampanoag leader Massasoit had donated food stores to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient.
Edward Winslow recorded this about the first Thanksgiving:
"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
This year I am so thankful for my family, my wonder wife that indulges me in this obsession called LEGO, my kids who lend me pieces from an ever growing LEGO collection of their own, my job, and this country in which we live. If you stop and look at it, don't we all have something to be thankful for?