Joseph and I were talking about the Thanksgiving holiday and planning our meal when the subject of keeping Thanksgiving traditional came up. I think the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving are true American holidays so let’s cherish them just as we cherish all the other holidays. America is a “melting pot” and I love to observe the different cultures within each holiday. I believe it is important to remember America does have its own culture too. Yes, America was founded by immigrants, but founded by immigrants with a common purpose. The purpose our country was founded on is our culture and heritage.
The pilgrims settled at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Their first winter was devastating, at the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. The harvest of 1621 was a good one and plentiful. The remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast, including 91 natives who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true “thanksgiving” observance. It lasted three days!
It has been a long time since I read the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact was written with fair and equal laws, for the general good of the settlement. The passengers knew that earlier settlers failed due to a lack of government. They wrote the Compact for the sake of their own survival.
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620."
Joseph and I have so much to be thankful for this year. We will feast and celebrate the plentiful harvest we have in finding each other and establishing our wonderful family. May you all enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and find joy and happiness in celebrating your harvest this year.