Many Americans think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend and eating a great dinner. Or, maybe they think it is the start of the Christmas holiday season. What is the real meaning behind Thanksgiving?
We can trace this historic American Christian tradition to the year 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Goernor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, "Playmout Plantation" in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed:
"All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House on the hill....there to listen to the pastor and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings."