What connection to the first Thanksgiving did this word have? Wampanoag?
The Pilgrims were very religious people who came to the foreign land of America seeking religious freedom from their old country. They believed in prayer and honoring God above all else. .
My thanksgiving table would not be complete without our little Hallmark Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers. There is a father, mother, brother, sister, and a turkey. On some occasions we have made pilgrim hats and Indian headbands for the children to wear.
Grandmas and Grandpas born back in the 1940’s and 50’s will remember being taught about that first Thanksgiving in a different light than today.
Some school children are being taught that the first Thanksgiving was for the Pilgrims to thank the Indians for their good harvest. These early folks who arrived at Plymouth Rock endured more than we could ever imagine in our modern times; but they brought to these shores their love of God and family.
If you want to know more about the Wampanoag Indians and their history, you can check out a couple of web sites – telling their story from those who have descended from the original tribe that had assisted the Pilgrims in their adjustment to their new land.
On this day, I am thankful for those Pilgrims who came across the sea in search of a better way of life for their families and therefore, laid down the tracks for many others who followed.
I am also thankful to the Wampanoag Tribe who helped them to adjust and learn about this country. There is still a remnant of this tribe residing in Massachusetts. Most of them were later killed in battles with the White man as they encroached more and more on the lands of those who were here before they were.
Thank you , God for the plan that you had long before the foundation of the world to spread civilization to the four corners of the world and for those who paid great prices for America to be the strong and free country that she is today. Amen
You and your children might enjoy the additional information about the first Thanksgiving Day in America. Click on this site and follow the tabs to see re-enactments and photos of what this day may have looked like. Hopefully, every Thanksgiving table in America this year will be filled with good food as well as a thankful heart for all that this day represents – true Thanksgiving for all that God has done in their lives. There are more than 133 references in the King James Bible regarding thankfulness. This is one of the most popular.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”
In days gone by, one of the most popular hymns regarding Thanksgiving was not only sung in churches but in the schools as well. “Come Ye Thankful People Come!”
You can catch an upbeat catchy rendition of the song here. They also give the lyrics which makes it easy to sing along.