As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I wonder it’s true origin. We all know that some Pilgrims came here and supposedly had this big feast around the end of November to celebrate their arrival in America. But what part of the story aren’t we hearing?
Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in September of 1620, they braved a harsh two months at sea before arriving in Massachusetts in late November. In early December, they signed the Mayflower Compact, a document of civil government. The Pilgrims then began building shelters. But unprepared for a harsh winter, many of them died of disease and starvation.
With the help of the Indians living there, they were able to produce a copious amount of crops by that next summer. On December 13th of 1621, they began a three day celebration to thank God for the land they had found and the helpful friends they had made. Though the holiday wasn’t officially celebrated until 1789, thanks to a proclamation by George Washington, it has become an American favorite.