That summer, the Pilgrims, still persevering in prayer and assisted by helpful Indians, reaped a bountiful harvest. As Pilgrim Edward Winslow (later to become the Governor) affirmed, “God be praised, we had a good increase of corn”; “by the goodness of God, we are far from want.” The grateful Pilgrims therefore declared a three-day feast in December 1621 to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends – America’s first Thanksgiving Festival. Ninety Wampanoag Indians joined the fifty Pilgrims for three days of feasting (which included shellfish, lobsters, turkey, corn bread, berries, deer, and other foods), of play (the young Pilgrim and Wampanoag men engaged in races, wrestling matches, and athletic events), and of prayer. This celebration and its accompanying activities were the origin of the holiday that Americans now celebrate each November."
(this is an excerpt from the Wallbuilders web-site -
Celebrating Thanksgiving In America by David Barton)
Isn't it wonderful to remember the heritage of our great country and the many sacrifices our heroic ancestors made for their freedom and ours. It is truly a precious time to thank the Lord for all we have been given.
God's Blessings to you all for a truly Happy Thanksgiving!!!