The issue: Thanksgiving celebrations.
Our view: Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful.
The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest in 1621 which is acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in America. This feast and celebration is looked to as one of the first symbols of cooperation between the English colonists and Native Americans.
Although we look to this date as one of the first Thanksgivings, the Native American groups had been celebrating the fall harvests long before any Europeans even arrived. Some Europeans have even been documented celebrating and giving thanks to God for good crops and safe journeys.
While the menus are almost entirely different today than they were among the first celebrations many hundreds of years ago, it is certain wild fowl, or turkey, was the forefront of the meal. It’s a good thing we didn’t make our national bird the turkey all those many years ago.
While many people look to this day as one for being off work, eating too much and watching football, there are a few things to consider.
It is a day that many associate with being thankful for those good things in life, such as family, health and well-being. While we feel that being thankful is great, every day should be a day in which we celebrate the good things in our lives.
Hopefully though, everyone has a safe, fun and enjoyable day.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Courier-Post.