Have you been enjoying our adventure with the Pilgrims and learning a new song for Thanksgiving?
Today our new verse is about one of the reasons the Pilgrims were so thankful - a bountiful harvest. On day two we learned about Squanto who was very helpful to the Pilgrims, including teaching them how to plant crops.
They were very good students. So good in fact that their crops yielded more than the Indians' crops! The Indians would even come to the Pilgrims and trade furs for food.
The students became the master. They grew beans, corn, squash, onions, peas, pumpkin, barley, oats, turnips, carrots and more.
Do you know what's really impressive about their farming skills? For many of them this was their first time farming. Some had experience, but most had not ever farmed or gardened. This was one reason they had to rejoice and give thanks to God for His blessings in the new world.
Our song of thanks is shaping up. Sing it loud as we add the tenth stanza, "On the tenth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully ten crops a growing, nine praying Pilgrims, eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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