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by Linda McCartney, Guest Writer

Thanksgiving has been an annual tradition in the U.S. since 1863. It was historically a religious holiday that was celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth for surviving their first brutal winter in New England.

The first feast lasted three days and provided enough food for 53 Pilgrims and 90 Indians. It consisted of fowl, venison, turkey, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, squash and beetroot.

We still feast and break bread with friends and neighbors. We reflect on all the things we are thankful for and thank God from whom all our blessings flow.

The resemblance to the tradition ends there. There are parades and football games to watch on television. There are those endless lists to make for next day shopping on Black Friday. The stress really kicks in now. Anticipating Christmas gifts, lack of money and decorating, among other things, can make you forget your “thankfulness.”

We have all been there and done that at one time or another.

Let’s make a New Year’s resolution 36 days early. “I resolve to be a Pilgrim that is thankful throughout the coming year for all the things God has placed in my life.

Have a wonderful holiday.

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Publisher Helen Morris is now recuperating from knee surgery with her children, and is doing very well.


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