Throughout Thanksgiving we always think of things like fun, food, and feasting. But why do we do it? Why do we get together each year and give thanks? Well let me tell you how it all began.

It started with England some centuries ago. It was a powerful nation under the rule of King James I and the Anglican Church. People there were forced to come to that church and agree with them. But a group of Englishmen called Separatists did not like this and wanted to freely express their own beliefs. They first moved to Holland where they had religious freedom. However, they were having problems since they're children were being forced to work in factories and they were beginning to act like worldly Dutch children. So they then joined a group of people called strangers aboard the Mayflower to go to Jamestown, a colony in America. But the ship was blown off course and they instead landed in Plymouth. They there formed their own government. However, they spent a long, harsh winter where many of them died as a result. The next spring though, they met a tribe of friendly Indians, one that could speak English poorly and one that could speak it well. They taught them how to properly hunt and harvest crops and eventually gathered together and formed a great feast where they, as strong Christians gave thanks to God for providing them so abundantly.

So you see, on Thanksgiving Day we get together to thank God for the blessings He has given us and spend time with those we love as we remember our founding fathers. Think about that on this holiday.