We wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.
The tradition was started in the year 1621 when the surviving Pilgrims on the Mayflower celebrated a fruitful harvest and 90 members of a neighboring Wampanoag tribe joined in the celebration and feast. It was first declared a holiday by the Continental Congress in 1777.
While the holiday has changed significantly over the last 400 years, we hope that however you may celebrate, the spirit of thankfulness and love for our neighbors will rule the day.
Imagine how different our country might have been if the Wampanoag had refused to help the Pilgrims that first winter?
It seems today, more than ever, we all could use a little reminding of our history in this country and that apart from a very small minority of Americans, everyone’s ancestors hailed from some place far away. But let us not speak of politics, let us focus on the positive, on the love, and on the spirit of what Thanksgiving means.
You can read more about the details of the first Thanksgiving, including all the names of the Pilgrims in attendance of that first fateful meal by clicking here.
Philip & Marilyn Langner