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As Thanksgiving approaches and we join with friends and family to feast on turkey and all the fixin's, scrumptious deserts and gather around to watch our favorite football team, let us not lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday. Thanksgiving has become an annual tradition since 1863 and was historically a day set aside to give thanks to God. The first Thanksgiving is historically credited to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony giving thank to God for His provision in getting them through their first brutal winter in America. That Thanksgiving feast reportedly lasted three days and was shared by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast included not only wild turkey but venison, duck, fish, lobster, clams, berries, corn, pumpkin, and squash.
A tradition our family has adopted to allow us to remember the significance of the day is to place three kernels of popcorn on each person's plate at the dinner table. After we give thanks to God each person has an opportunity to share three things for which they are thankful. This year we must not forget those who will have no Thanksgiving and our troops who will not be home to share Thanksgiving with family and friends.