- "Hey everybody. toward end the feast I'll ask each person to tell the rest of us the best thing that happened to you this year and the worst thing that happened."
So, a discovery: two ways to update original Thanksgiving ideas. 1, sharing about the past year and 2, name tags with art and personal symbols.
Now: back to the original question: "what about the Pilgrims themselves?? 1621 to 2071. 450 years! We will need them?
Who should be present at your table? The pilgrims invited their own families, of course, but consider this: Native Americans attended, and only 53 Pilgrims. Following the original Thanksgiving spirit, what would today's version of guests be like? Maybe inviting immigrants to the family table. We didn't think of that for 2017, but for 2018 it sounds like bringing the original spirit forward four centuries.
John Howland was at the original feast. John had something powerful to share and be thankful for when it was his turn. In a storm at sea--a very violent storm--he'd been swept overboard. Luckily, he was rescued thanks to a rapid response by crewmen. That was a near-horrible event.
Today our Thanksgiving concerns are different than his and his fellow pilgrims. The enemies aren’t those of the cold winter, gardening in rocky ground and keeping vegetables through the winter. Not the need to tend the fire through the night. We definitely live in a changed world.
. . .the spirit of exploration, the quest to preserve their own way of life, friendships with each other and their Narragansett Indian neighbors.
A. Plymouth, Mass.
Q. How many Pilgrims were in that first group?
A. About 120.
Reply: Right again! Ice cream for you this time!
A. John Howland.
Reply: Right! How on earth did you know that?
Ask about the Pilgrim values. Which of their values do you share?
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