Happy Thanksgiving.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  ~Native American Saying

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths.  At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.  ~J. Robert Moskin

Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.
~Alexander Pope

There are only 2 primary sources for the events at Plymouth in the autumn of 1621. We do know there were 53 Pilgrim men, woman and children and 90 Wampanoag natives that gave a harvest feast of thanks lasting for 3 days.

William Bradford writing in Of Plimoth Plantation:
“They begane now to gather in ye small harvest they had, and to fitte up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health & strenght, and had all things in good plenty; fFor as some were thus imployed in affairs abroad, others were excersised in fishing, aboute codd, & bass, & other fish, of which yey tooke good store, of which every family had their portion. All ye somer ther was no want.  And now begane to come in store of foule, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).  And besids water foule, ther was great store of wild Turkies, of which they tooke many, besids venison, &c. Besids, they had about a peck a meale a weeke to a person, or now since harvest, Indean corn to yt proportion.  Which made many afterwards write so largly of their plenty hear to their freinds in England, which were not fained,  but true reports”.

Edward Winslow writing in Mourts Relation: our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.  And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want,  that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.”

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  ~Theodore Roosevelt   

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Ah! on Thanksgiving day….
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.   ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving. ~Dohn

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5 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving.

  1. Tri says:

    I really loved your posting and thanks for sharing. The quotes were awesome and it’s those famous people that things that would impact our lives in this modern times. A lot of these quotes spoke to me and reminded of things I sometimes take for granted. Thanks so much and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.

  2. flyboy7600 says:

    Thanks for the comment. It’s good to know others are reading my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  3. axis media says:

    Pure awesomeness! Great article and a good reminder about the orgins of tis special holiday.

  4. Jack says:

    Happy thanksgiving y’all!

  5. Tess Kann says:

    How lovely. Happy Thanksgiving.

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