Game on! At the first Thanksgiving feast in America there were lots of game on the table. Indians and Pilgrims hunted for their food back then because Publix or Kroger didn't exist.
There were at least 6 types of game and seafood they feasted on for 3 days. Wild turkeys were one, and is a staple at our Thanksgiving meals now (although ours are tamer today). Deer, wildfowl, lobster, bass, and clams were other game and seafood that were shared. Some of the side dishes were corn, squashes, beans, and pumpkins. Are you getting hungry?
What's on your Thanksgiving menu?
As we add our sixth verse, our song goes like this, "On the sixth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully 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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Did you know that the Pilgrims made at least 5 attempts to leave England because of the religious persecution they were facing? As long as they had breath, they weren't giving up.
Their first attempt was when they hired a ship captain to take them to Holland. They left in the middle of the night so as not to be captured. After travelling a long way, they finally saw a light in the water that was the ship they hired to take them to freedom. Turned out this ship captain double crossed them and told the authorities. The ship captain was paid by England for turning them in. He also got to keep the monies the Pilgrims, also known as Puritans, paid him. They were then thrown into prison.
The second attempt to leave also happened at night with a different hired ship captain. They separated to avoid suspicion with the men getting in the ship first. As they were approaching the women and children so they could board, soldiers were spotted on the horizon. This captain didn't want to get caught so he took off with the men, leaving the women and children behind. As the ship went out of the harbor towards the North Sea, a huge storm came and took them away. After 14 days, the ship and men arrived in Holland but the women and children were put in prison again in England.
The third attempt was a year later when the men were able to go back to England, be rejoined with their families, and bring them to Holland. After a few years in Holland, the Pilgrims went back to England. It was there they decided to take two ships to the new world, known as America.
Their fourth attempt was with the Mayflower and the Speedwell. They left England in the summer but the Speedwell starting taking on water and both ships had to turn around and go back to the harbor.
After deciding who would go and who would stay behind in England, the Mayflower left the harbor with the Pilgrims and other passengers. This was the Puritans fifth and final attempt to reach a land where they would not be persecuted for their faith.
And you thought your family trips were stressful!
The fifth stanza is a nod to the steadfastness and unwavering faith of the Pilgrims.
Fifth verse including the first, "On the fifth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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We are on day 4 of our new Thanksgiving song that is sure to be a repeat at Thanksgiving feasts coast to coast.
The fourth stanza is about making treaties and being friends. We need friends to help us in hard times and to celebrate with us in good times. The Pilgrims and the Indians became allies. They solidified that relationship with a treaty and an Indian tradition. Chief Massasoit, Governor John Carver, Edward Winslow, William Bradford and others solidified the pact by smoking a peace pipe.
For our song, we will take some literary license and say it was 4 peace pipes. The historic picture shows only one peace pipe but it was probably passed around to at least these four men.
Fourth verse including the first, "On the fourth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
Catchy so far, huh?
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How many days are you going to be celebrating Thanksgiving? One? Two? Three? Typically our country's Thanksgiving meal happens on one day. The leftovers may last longer but the actual day of giving thanks is only one.
For the Pilgrims and Indians, the feasting lasted 3 days! One was not enough. My friend says fish and company smell after about 3 days. Maybe that's why they stopped feasting at day three.
Hence, the third stanza in our Thanksgiving song celebrates 3 days of feasting. Here's the song with all three stanzas, thus far: "On the third day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
Hang on tight, we've got 8 more days to finish learning our new Thanksgiving song.
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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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You've heard of the 12 days of Christmas, but have you heard about the 11 days of Thanksgiving?
As a family, we created this song in 2020 to bring some recognition to an often overlooked, yet important, national holiday. The 11 days of Thanksgiving is sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas but the lyrics are related to the holiday of giving thanks.
Since tomorrow marks 11 days until Thanksgiving, today is the perfect time to start the first lyric so that by Thanksgiving Eve, you will have all 11 verses to sing around your Thanksgiving table.
Here we go!
The first line is repeated each time before the next lyric. It is, "On the _____ day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully..."
The first stanza is, "On the first day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully a Mayflower on the sea."
The trip to the new world was on the Mayflower. There were 102 passengers on board, including 30+ children. Originally 2 ships set sail for the new world, know as America. The second ship, the Speedwell, started to leak almost immediately after leaving the harbor. Both ships turned around and headed back to England with some of the Speedwell's passengers boarding the Mayflower.
Hence, there was a solo ship sailing on the sea.
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The hope of Easter is not to leave you mourning for long. There was a miracle morning that came three days after the curse of the cross. It's the surprise you weren't expecting but the answer you needed. It's the light that shines so bright into your darkest days.
Easter is when sorrow is interrupted with exuberant joy. This is the rest of the story of Easter.
by Evangeline B. White
The day started somber on the way to the tomb.
Spices in hand, grieving hearts, a sense of doom.
The earth shook suddenly, a violent quake.
An angel came down and some noise he did make.
The guards were first to see this marvelous sight.
As the stone was rolled away by the angel's might.
Like dead men the guards froze and fell.
Then scurried to the priests, their story to tell.
The women went in the tomb to see,
Their Savior called Jesus from Galilee.
His body was gone. The tomb empty.
Two angels appeared and said,
"He is risen from the dead!"
In wonder the women went out to tell the men,
What they heard, saw, and where they had been.
In amazement Peter and John ran ahead.
To see if it was just as the women had said.
Inside the tomb only linen clothes lay.
Folded and neat; then the men went away.
Jesus appeared to the women with greetings,
Then along the road, and in the midst of a meeting.
Jesus is alive and holds in His hand,
Keys to death and hell, under His command.
Good news to all, to all who will hear!
The Savior has risen, no need to fear!
Respond to His knock and answer His call.
His blood paid the price once and for all.
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