One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


"That first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621 saw about 50 Mayflower Pilgrims and 100 native Indians come together for a celebration feast consisting of a variety of homegrown vegetables--including corn, squash, beans, barley, and peas--along with wild turkey and venison. The precise date is not known, but it is believed to have taken place in late October or early November. Historians record that the Massachusetts weather was crisp, but not cold--and the fall foliage dazzled America's newcomers with a cornucopia of color."

"These Pilgrims were mostly "Separatists," who had left Europe to seek a land of liberty, where men could be free to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience--not according to the demands of a State church or an oppressive government. They made their intentions and motivations clear when they signed America's first covenant, a document called The Mayflower Compact:"

"We whose names are underwritten . . . Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith . . ."

"This undertaking had prompted them to leave their homes, livelihoods, families, friends, and way of life, and face a dangerous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Many became ill and some did not survive to see the new world. But they all believed that they were doing God's will and that He would honor their faith. And He certainly did."

"Although the original Pilgrims had a few confrontations with the American Indians--some were even violent--for the most part, the Indians were friendly and accommodating. They taught the Pilgrims what crops to grow and how best to grow them. They helped them understand American agriculture and the ways of the wild game endemic to that part of North America. And by the time they held their first Thanksgiving banquet, the relationship between those original Pilgrims and Massasoit and his small tribe of Indians was one of genuine trust and friendship." (
Chuck Baldwin's Column)


Toronto houses said...

Hi. This is probably the answer for question that is in my mind several weeks. Why is not the Canadian and U.S. Thanksgiving at the same time? I think that if there was some record about the exact date of Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving day would be in both countries at the same time. I believe that it would be much better because now I'm little bit sad that the Thanksgiving atmosphere here in Canada is already gone.

Have a nice day,


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