“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus (341–270 BC) ancient Greek philosopher.
The First Thanksgiving
September 16, 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with just over 100 men, women and children as passengers. This journey took 66 days to navigate the treacherous Atlantic Ocean. With stormy weather the Mayflower was forced off course farther north than expected. Exhibiting gratitude, the brave settlers reached the Massachusetts coastline, now known as Cape Cod. Within the protection of the bay, they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England in late December. Native Americans (Indians) taught the settlers how to grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. The following year, after the harvesting had been complete, the English and native men, women, and children ate together in gratification and celebration. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish and roasted meat, unlike today's traditional Thanksgiving feast.
President Abraham Lincoln recognized as the father of Thanksgiving
It wasn't until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. " This day was to be celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.~John F. Kennedy, 35th President