Posted on Nov 24, 2021 | 0 comments


… in my head.….and Thanksgiving is merely two days away. My mouth waters as the invisible scent of roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed corn, buttered greenbeans waft through my consciousness. And then the desserts! Oh my….

But it’s more than just satisfying my need for tryptophan! Much, much more!

It’s about family. It’s about friends. It’s about coming together to share generations of memories as well as to catch a glimpse into the future generations that will be.

Thanksgiving has been around in various forms for eons … man has given thanks for many events in his history. But the Thanksgiving that many of us know about now is a set-apart celebration that culminates all our blessings in a once a year in a huge feast.

That ‘first’ official Thanksgiving feast was held by pilgrims in their newly founded homeland of what would become America to celebrate a successful fall harvest. Actually, celebrating that fall harvest was an English tradition and the pilgrims had much to celebrate.

Those 53 pilgrims were the only colonists to survive that long journey on the Mayflower and that first winter in the New World.  Unfortunately, disease and starvation struck down half of the original 102 colonists. Making it through that first winter with the help of the local Wampanoag tribe, gave them much to celebrate. It is interesting to note that there were 90 of the Wampanoag tribe that joined the celebration with the Pilgrims and helped them to survive the winter.

There are many myths that surround that first Thanksgiving story, and there is little known because there were only two firsthand accounts ever written. One of those accounts was by William Bradford. His journey was titled “Of Plymouth Plantation” and the other account was a publication written by Edward Winslow, “Mourt’s Relations”.

Part of my time, other than being chief cook and bottle washer at our little abode, helping my son out in our ministry of Passion for Truth, and finding time to write this blog, is to search ancestors through Ancestry website. I love finding out about those that put their lives on the line so that I could be here. So that little byline allows me to share with you the names of those pilgrims that attended that first Thanksgiving. Without them, who knows where we would be today. They were:


Women: Eleanor Billington Mary Brewster Elizabeth Hopkins Susanna White Winslow

Men: John Alden Isaac Allerton John Billington William Bradford William Brewster Peter Brown Francis Cooke Edward Doty Francis Eaton [first name unknown] Ely Samuel Fuller Richard Gardiner John Goodman Stephen Hopkins John Howland Edward Lester George Soule Myles Standish William Trevor Richard Warren Edward Winslow Gilbert Winslow

Who knows….maybe you or I are related to those long lost souls. Either way, look around that dinner table this year and treasure each face….remember those who are not there and those who came before. Each of us are who we are partly because of those who went before us…..think on that.

May your Thanksgiving be truly blessed!


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