It is so great to spend such a wonderful day with your family. See people that you don’t get to see on a regular basis and have a grand slam time with the traditional ways of thanksgiving. On the other hand like most people, we can lose sight of what Thanksgiving stands for. I was talking with some family members and friends today on the subject. I had come to the realization that the youth today have not been taught on the importance on learning why we celebrate this holiday. We have been celebrating this American of holiday for many, many, many years; it is an autumnal ritual that can seem to be fixed in the thoughts as honoring the goodness and perseverance of the nation’s initial arrival during the colonial days. I assumed that children of today were learning this. However, I have often questioned what the origins of our American tradition, during that time? Through my own research I was able to find out that Thanksgiving celebrations are more directly traced to European refugees whom would offer prayers for their survival. This newly found information changed the whole idea I had, which was that the pilgrims and Indians were able to meet eye to eye and shared a meal. Perhaps the idea of an annual event to honor the survival European refugees would be good to point out as the holiday approaches in family homes and the schools that our youth attends. Many people that are younger than I am would be able to associate the first Thanksgiving with a better understanding that Thanksgiving is not about a fest of just eating and travel. Because of the settlement that these European refugees settled around Virginia, were able to be here before the pilgrims, they were unable to become friends with the Indians; they were wiped out by them in a massacre. If this had not taken place, these first practitioners would have been around before the Pilgrims landed far to the north of them near Plymouth Rock. This event crated a chain of events and changed how we have come to know the truth we have been told. It is only when we become adults that we can learn the whole truth that leads us to our own understanding of what traditions that we carry on. Thus, mostly all of us have come to know it was the Pilgrims who became known as the originators of Thanksgiving, this new information has enlighten me to a better understanding. I was able to enlighten my family and friends with information that they didn’t know. They felt even more thankful then they had before and the prayer that we said around the table became a stronger purpose of requesting guidance, assistance, and expresses one’s thoughts and emotions. I am thankful that I was able to learn this information, my family and friends, and the food that I am able to eat every day. So what are you thankful for?
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