Do you feel like the Christmas music starts too early and it washes out Thanksgiving? We do to and we have a new song to change that tide. It's a song for the Thanksgiving season and we think it will bring comfort and joy.
It is to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas. The first stanza was introduced yesterday and we will add it to our stanza today. The second stanza goes like this, "On the second day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
When the Mayflower and its passengers settled in the new world (near what we know as Massachusetts today) they encountered not one but two English speaking Indians.
The first English speaking Indian was named Squanto. Years earlier, he was captured, enslaved, and sent to Spain. However he ended up in England and learned English. He made it back to his native land six months before the Pilgrims and the other passengers arrived.
Squanto would help the Pilgrims learn to plant crops, fish, and was instrumental in their survival in the new world. Samoset was the other English-speaking Indian who also helped.
Four hundred years later we are grateful for their hospitality.
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