Thanksgiving is really about the first harvest meal celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. The Puritans in the Plymouth colony gave thanks for the bountiful corn harvest that they finally experienced. The dinner was actually a festival that lasted for three days and included the local Native Americans–all based around the blessings of having a bountiful harvest.
According to History.com:
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
So, Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual tradition until 200 years later!
DID YOU KNOW: Turkey probably wasn’t served at the first Thanksgiving?
History of Thanksgiving (Told by Kids)
This is a super cute historical version of the first Thanksgiving and the history of Thanksgiving told by kids.
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