Traditions enrich our lives and give us a sense of belonging and connectivity to the ones God has blessed us with on earth. Traditions create meaningful moments and lasting memories and help preserve family values we want to pass down to our children and our children’s children. So, where did it all start?
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England carrying 102 passengers – an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims began the work of establishing a Village at Plymouth.
Only half of the Mayflowers original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. With the help of a native named “Squanto”, the natives learned how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants.
In November 1621, after the pilgrims first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies. This celebration lasted three days and the participants dined on Duck, Geese and Swan as well as Venison provided by the Wampanoag guests. Among other fare at the celebration were an assortment of berries, dried fruit, cabbage, squash and corn.
The foods included in the first Thanksgiving meal were very different than what is typically served today at a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, cranberries and desserts galore are abundant at tables across the nation. As we gather for the holidays, lets make sure we reflect on the blessings we have in our lives and the sacrifices that our ancestors made. Hold dear the traditions that have been passed down through the generations and most of all………….be thankful that we live in a free country.
We at Peterson Stampede Dodge want to wish you and your family a blessed day of giving thanks. Enjoy!