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Thanksgiving Day

November 24th, 2005

[The Mayflower]

On December 1620, after a long and difficult voyage from Europe, the Pilgrims sailing on the Mayflower landed near present day Plymouth, in Massachusetts. It was almost winter, and their first winter was very hard. About half of them did not survive, and only the help coming from the native Wampanoag people enabled them to learn basic skills to support themselves.

Happily, their first 1621 harvest was very generous, so the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag joined to share a celebration and to give thanks to God.

The meaning of that first Thanksgiving has been preserved through centuries; today, Thanksgiving is celebrated in the U.S.A. the fourth Thursday of November (November 24th this year).

Happy Thanksgiving!

[For more information on the Mayflower and her passengers, you can visit Caleb Johnson’s MayflowerHistory.com.]

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