“Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty god.”
Note: From the comment section. Paul says:
“Today is Saturday November 24th, the day I will be sharing Thanksgiving with my family and friends here in Sweden.The story of the pilgrims is very interesting. A mixture of business and flight for freedom. Part of the original pilgrims were held up in Denmark until it was almost time to sail for the New World.
By chance and negotiation skills of the settlers they established good relations with the local indigenous population and were spared massacre, kidnapping and warfare. This was the exception rather than the rule. Thanksgiving is celebrated as a National holiday in two countries, The USA and Canada. IMHO it should be celebrated throughout the world. It is a time when we give thanks for being alive, for the food we have on our plates, the clothes on our backs and the family and friends we have in our company.
In the past I have camped in a tent on those same grounds as the first pilgrims. The gray stormy cold weather along the New England coast in late Autumn and Winter. Although I did not have to work the earth or slaughter my own food, I remember being thankful for a morning cup of coffee and some eggs cooked on a fire. Each of us want things to be better. Some of us are working very actively to bring this about. Regardless, each and everyone of us has so much. Take time out, close your eyes and give thanks for all that you have.
Thanks Paul for writing that. *L* KGS