We would like to start by wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We here at Clio’s Parade hope you have a great day and find many things for which you are thankful.
So how did we get to this Thanksgiving celebration anyways? Yesterday you read how Thanksgiving began long before the 1621 feast between Pilgrims and Indians that we typically relate to today. As far back as 1565, Spanish colonists and Native Americans in Florida shared a meal and gave thanks. This has obviously been a long tradition. But back to the big ordeal in 1621. The Mayflower arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 and the newcomers soon began establishing the Plymouth colony.
As with previous colonial attempts, winter proved brutal. Perhaps they should have arrived earlier than the fall of 1620, giving them the spring months to be established. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20…poor Pilgrims. On the other hand, they were probably just ready to leave England. This is beside the point. After a harsh winter, spring dawned bright and promising. By November, the Pilgrims had a successful corn harvest and Governor William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate, inviting their Indian allies. That was on a Thursday and for almost four hundred years since we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.
Not exactly. In fact, Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until 1863, smack dab in the middle of the Civil War. That is right, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday. (Let me digress for a second as I tell you how awesome “Lincoln” is. Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln is pure genius). With a long history of gratitude, togetherness, and celebration, made official in 1863, let us practice those same qualities as we continue in a tradition started many years ago. Happy Thanksgiving!
Want to know more about the 1621 celebration? Plymouth Thanksgiving