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Happy Thanksgiving
Never take life's goodness for granted, always give thanks for your blessings.
Even in troubled times, we can find things for which to be thankful.
Really celebrate Thanksgiving, list your blessings - your woes will find balanced perspective when you do.
Let your loved ones know you love them, and what they mean in your life!

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Thanksgiving Links & Historical Info

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- The Positive Power of One THANK YOU! by: Robert H. Schuller

- George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

- Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

- Consider Giving on This Thanksgiving

- An American Thanksgiving for Kids & Families

- Hallmark.com Free Thanksgiving E-cards

- ThanksGiving Cards Free from FranklinMall.com

- Billy Bear's 4 Kids Thanksgiving

- Thanksgiving History & Tradition

- Thanksgiving Gifts & Chocolate from Harry and David's

- Teel Family Thanksgiving

- Thanksgiving Bargains!

- Amazon Home for the Holidays

- Hallmark.com Thanksgiving Gifts

- Heather's Happy Thanksgiving

- Thanksgiving Survival

- Flowers for Thanksgiving

- Order your Cooked Thanksgiving Meal Online!

- Honeysuckle White Turkey

- Looney Toons Thanksgiving Screen Saver

- Bug's Thanksgiving Puzzle Saver

- Looney's Thanksgiving

- Screens and Themes for Thanksgiving

- Billy Bear's Thanksgiving Screen Savers

- Turkey Screensaver

- Thanksgiving in CyberSpace

- An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, by Louisa May Alcott

- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

- Share a Thanksgiving Story

- Thanksgiving History

- Thanksgiving with Reader's Digest

- Sharon's Thanksgiving

- Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Family Fun

- Free Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

- Thanksgiving E-Cards from BlueMountain

- Thanksgiving-Day Free E-Cards from AngelWinks.net

- Thanksgiving Free E-Cards from NewTouchCards

- Free Thanksgiving Ecards from AmericanGreetings
On March 16, 1621 , what was to become an important event took place, an Indian brave walked into the Plymouth settlement. The Pilgrims were frightened until the Indian called out "Welcome" (in English!).

His name was Samoset and he was an Abnaki Indian. He had learned English from the captains of fishing boats that had sailed off the coast. After staying the night Samoset left the next day. He soon returned with another Indian named Squanto who spoke better English than Samoset. Squanto told the Pilgrims of his voyages across the ocean and his visits to England and Spain. It was in England where he had learned English.

Squanto's importance to the Pilgrims was enormous and it can be said that they would not have survived without his help. It was Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to tap the maple trees for sap. He taught them which plants were poisonous and which had medicinal powers. He taught them how to plant the Indian corn by heaping the earth into low mounds with several seeds and fish in each mound. The decaying fish fertilized the corn. He also taught them to plant other crops with the corn.

The harvest in October was very successful and the Pilgrims found themselves with enough food to put away for the winter. There was corn, fruits and vegetables, fish to be packed in salt, and meat to be cured over smoky fires.

The Pilgrims had much to celebrate, they had built homes in the wilderness, they had raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. They had beaten the odds and it was time to celebrate.

The Pilgrim Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans. They invited Squanto and the other Indians to join them in their celebration. Their chief, Massasoit, and 90 braves came to the celebration which lasted for 3 days. They played games, ran races, marched and played drums. The Indians demonstrated their skills with the bow and arrow and the Pilgrims demonstrated their musket skills. Exactly when the festival took place is uncertain, but it is believed the celebration took place in mid-October.


A Thankful Thanksgiving

The America we witness today has seen much sacrifice
This sacrifice for many, meant a total giving of life for liberty
Do all truly realize what the human cost of freedom is
All citizens should understand what has kept us whole

Should it not be the duty of each American to know this
To become familiar with the reasons of why we exist today
The notion that "that s the way things are" is ludicrous
When a firm explanation is so easily understood

We ve survived because of faith, determination, and great sacrifice
The backbone of this country is the strength of its good citizens
Each true American is worth more than all the gold found in history
Selfishness does not rule their home, nor does it drive their thought

And don t just look at our military as a magnificent force
Rather look at each member of our soldiered family with pride
"Ready, willing, and able" have been the finest of each generation
Whether in Vietnam, Afghanistan, or any other place of danger

Whenever an American military presence moves into action
Behold the continuation of an outstanding tradition
Formed through freedom, it bravely faces all adversaries
And the flag under which it stands will always fly in freedom

We are and always will be one nation under God
He is the strength we have turned to time and time again
If we did not have Him, we would have perished long ago
God Bless America is more than a song, it is our national prayer

Finally, I wish each fine American a thankful Thanksgiving Day
May you truly realize what we are, and pray to Almighty God for continuation
Be ever thankful for our soldiers, and give them the total support they need
And please pray for all American families who have paid the price for freedom

©2002 Roger J. Robicheau

Images from Autumn and The Harvest...

- From Historic Deerfield

- from Winterthur

- Or, perhaps, rooms with a Pilgrim feel from the American Museum, Bath, England

- And Americaís Joseph Webb House

- Plus, Vermontís remarkable Shelburne Museum

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- Hand checked Thanksgiving website directory

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Enjoy your Thanksgiving & don't eat too much!

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