Thanksgiving 1978

Thanksgiving in its original concept was a time when the early settlers got together for the purpose of giving thanks and praise to God. The occasion was the gathering in of the harvest. This was accompanied with rejoicing and feasting. The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. The winter of 1620 had been disastrous; nearly half of the members of the colony had died. New hope came in the summer of ’21. The corn harvest was plentiful and Governor William Bradford decreed that a three-day feast would be held. From this time until 1863, no special day was set aside for Thanksgiving.

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