Guide to Thanksgiving 2018

By Savannah G. Eschenroeder

Thanksgiving is a much-loved American holiday, one in which all you do is eat. And I don’t know about you, but I just absolutely love food!

Not a lot of people celebrate Thanksgiving, or know the backstory to it. Thanksgiving was first just a three-day feast between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans. Before coming the America, life in England was hard. The pilgrims, formerly known as the Puritans, were persecuted for their faith and they were desperate for religious freedom. After leaving Holland in September 1620 and arriving in America (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) in November 1620, the pilgrims soon found out that surviving would be hard. Besides the harsh winter, they needed food and a place to sleep. Squanto, a fellow Native American, felt pity for these new strangers and so he helped them by teaching them how to grow crops such as corn, harvest berries and maple syrup, fish, hunt, and avoid poisonous plants. One year later, in November 1621, after a successful harvest and a prosperous year for the pilgrims, they decided to celebrate with the Wampanoag Native Americans. So together, they enjoyed fellowship and friendship during a three-day feast.

       Nowadays the typical Thanksgiving feast consists of turkey, stuffing, corn bread, mashed potatoes, yams (sweet potatoes), cranberry sauce, and all the pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple) for dessert.

         Thanksgiving is also a time for us to reflect on all the joy of our life and the blessings that God has given us. I love looking at the tiny moments of this life, and just stop for a moment to be thankful for it. Often I write down all the beautiful memories in my gratitude journal; it’s good practice to look at the bright side of things, even when our day seems a bit gloomy. And every time I point out something negative, I tell myself three positive things. So my challenge to you who are reading this is: write down 10 things that you are thankful for this season. Who knows, it might even bring a smile to your face.

“Thanksgiving 2018.” History.com, November 13, 2018,

https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving. Accessed November 28, 2018.