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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast.  And that did happen - once. 

 

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to  England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.  He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags. 

 

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.  But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.  

 

In 1637 near present day  Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.  Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

 

 

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No wonder there were no decorations and advertisements for Thanksgiving.

 

No matter the circumstances, I wasn't there. But I am thankful for a ton of things in my life. It's too bad all of the grown ups ruined Thanksgiving for all of us kids.

 

And so, this topic has nothing to do with Home.

 

Is there anything that anyone of us can be thankful for on this day? The First Amendment, the Sixteenth?

 

Thank you, grown up.

 

I'm thankful for the Constitution of the United States of America.

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Conrad_Max wrote:

No wonder there were no decorations and advertisements for Thanksgiving.

 

No matter the circumstances, I wasn't there. But I am thankful for a ton of things in my life. It's too bad all of the grown ups ruined Thanksgiving for all of us kids.

 

And so, this topic has nothing to do with Home.

 

Is there anything that anyone of us can be thankful for on this day? The First Amendment, the Sixteenth.

 

Thank you, grown up.

 

I'm thankful for the Constitution of the United States of America.


I'll take the 5th.

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Nov 27, 2013

I'm thankful to have a free, open mind.

 

I'm not a fan of the origin of this so-called holiday, nor the wanton capitalist bloodlust that follows it, but, I do enjoy time off of work, and time spent with those I love.

 

If you changed the theme of the holiday, you would still be left with this Black Friday nonsense, simply because the masses made it what it is.  If there were no demand, it would not be the way that it is.

 

I see tubs full of frozen turkeys, and all I see are cold corpses.  Easily, this is the most morbid American holiday, hands down. Enjoy your fowl gorging ceremony and your football.  I'll be drinking beer, eating tofu, and playing a lot of Battlefield. 

Grindhead_Jim

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These are long winded posts... do not know if they are bad or good... but thank you?

I'm too tired to read them all.
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone on this forum! Smiley Happy

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Grindhead_Jim wrote:

I'm thankful to have a free, open mind.


Surely there must be more to be thankful for? Like family, friends, healt or wealth? Good job, nice home and magable bills?

 

For me, a bought and paid for home, a job that I like and my wonderful wife.

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It's Thanksgiving?? 

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