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THANKS – GIVING or TO SHOW APPRECIATION

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     In November of 1621 there were fifty-three surviving Mayflower Pilgrims of the original one hundred and two living in the Plymouth colony. It had been a hard year. No new supply ships had arrived. But with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, crops had been planted and harvested. It was time to share the bounty. This first “thanks-giving,” was a three day festival, not a religious ceremony, in which the Mayflower Pilgrims “entertained and feasted” with approximately ninety Wampanoag. The men went out “fowling” for turkey, ducks, or geese, and the Natives brought down four deer to share. Corn had been milled and turned into a thick porridge. Squash, pumpkins, beans, onions and nuts were roasted. Blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries and plums had been picked. Mussels and fish were also caught and cooked for the meal.

   Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote of that celebration, “And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plentie."

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       As students study about this holiday, may they learn that the Pilgrims could “party”. After all the disease, disagreements and death; after all the hard work to fell the trees and build the houses; and after plowing the ground and nurturing the crops, there was a reward. It wasn’t just one day of fasting and prayer, but a three-day festival to “share the wealth” with everyone, not just themselves.

       FDC Lessons celebrates and gives thanks for all the teachers, who have visited our booth, and attended our presentations at TSHA, LRE, TCSS and District in-service trainings. Pass it on!

 

ENVELOPES MAY BE SMALL BUT CARRY HUGE MESSAGES!

 

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