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The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

September 14, 1620, Plymouth, England: The Mayflower sets sail for the New World carrying 102 settlers, the Pilgrims, and approximately 30 crew members.

The Pilgrims, English Puritans, fled England in 1608, to Holland because they were being persecuted by the Church of England. The Church of England called them separatist. Some writers say only 35 of the settlers on the Mayflower were, in fact, Puritans.

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Every Day is Thanksgiving Day!

GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE! GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE! The specialized doorbell rang throughout large house. “COME IN!” a voice shouted from somewhere within the house. As the door opened, two young children just missed being hit as they ran by the door and up the steps. “Be careful!” a father called from an adjacent room, while grinning and shaking his head. The final family to arrive came through the door, looking out for more children, and made their way into the kitchen, where they placed their dishes on an already crowded counter. “Oh! What do we have here?” several women working in the kitchen wanted to know, along with various others crowded around, hoping to sneak a bite of food before dinner - preferable without getting their hand smacked for their troubles! “Salad and dessert,” said the youngest member of the recently arrived family, pointing at each dish according.

The hostess directed the girl where to place the dessert until later, while making room for the salad on the counter that would serve as the buffet.

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Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Celebrating Thanksgiving Around the World

Although traditionally associated with the United States of America, we are not the only nation to celebrate Thanksgiving. Nations throughout the world also celebrate a day called Thanksgiving, often in their own way.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Make Thanksgiving Your Way of Life!

Everyday, before she went to bed, Kara prayed to the Lord, but her prayer was not what you may expect.

She did not ask for help for her problems or for alleviation from her suffering - she did that in her morning devotions. Instead Kara took this time to thank God and praise Him.

She thanked Him for the blessings she had received that day, for the situations in which she had seen His hand working, for the amazing beauty of His work. Some days it was more difficult than others to find something for which to be thankful. On the days she really struggled, she began by thanking God for sending His Son to earth to die, so that she could be saved.

And you know what? That usually led to something else for which to be thankful. For Kara, everyday was Thanksgiving Day.

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Who Celebrated the Very First Thanksgiving? Blessed Thanksgiving Wishes From The Forgiveness Foundation

When you think of the thanksgiving, what do you imagine? Turkey? Pilgrims? That is what we are taught in school, but that’s not what thanksgiving is. The pilgrims were not even the first to celebrate thanksgiving!

Long before the pilgrims celebrated their first thanksgiving, Israelites had their own celebrations of thanksgiving. The Passover Feast was a celebration in thanks that they had been passed over by the angel of death and delivered from the land of Egypt (Leviticus 23:4-8). The Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks were celebrations of the harvest (Leviticus 23:9-22). When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10, NIV)

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