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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Thanksgiving Trivia for the Children (and Adults)

pilgrimslanding_01 “The First Thanksgiving”

When was the first Thanksgiving celebration in America? You say, “It was the pilgrims right?” Actually no.

According to historians, the first recorded American Thanksgiving was held on December the fourth, 1619, a full four years before the Pilgrims. It was a group of English settlers on the James River close to what is now Charles City, Virginia. And, interestingly enough, that first Thanksgiving wasn’t about food at all. In fact, there was no food. You see, that day, December the fourth, was their first day to arrive in America and they spent that day giving thanks to God for their safe arrival. This week, this Thanksgiving week, amongst all the fun, and food, and fellowship, don’t forget to thank God.

 “Thy Will Be Done”

Ever wonder how the Pilgrims decided to come to America? Listen to this story. In the early 1600’s, many groups of settlers were making their way to America. The trip across the Atlantic was deadly. Many died at sea and so many who successfully made the long voyage across were later killed by hostile Indians, disease, and starvation. So why did the Pilgrims come? They were searching for religious freedom and they didn’t know where they could go. .So, they sought out God’s Will, they fasted and prayed for months seeking God’s direction. And when He said that they should go to America, their reply? “Thy Will be done”. Wow! What faith!

“He Moved Thanksgiving Twice”

Want to hear a few oddities about Thanksgiving you may not know? Listen to this. That first Thanksgiving celebration the Pilgrims put on lasted for three full days. I wonder if they had enough couches for all the Thanksgiving naps they took? How about this one - what new snack was introduced to the Pilgrims at the first feast? Popcorn - the Indians made them popcorn - buttered or plain? And which President changed the day we celebrate Thanksgiving - twice - Franklin Roosevelt. Why? He believed that Thanksgiving was too close to Christmas , so he moved it up one week. But, the American citizens didn’t like that. So finally, after two years of receiving complaints, Roosevelt moved it back.