Why Is Thanksgiving Called Thanksgiving?

There are lots of myths about why Thanksgiving is actually called Thanksgiving. And, to tell the truth, the common belief by most Americans about why we actually call this special day Thanksgiving might have been fudged somewhat. Regardless, the reason we believe to be the truth is just as good as some of the other claims out there so we will talk about Thanksgiving and why we call the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving.

In 1621 the Pilgrims had a good harvest and were thankful that they had made it to the New World and were actually surviving and prospering. So, in order to celebrate all of their gifts and good luck the Pilgrims decided to have a harvest festival and a day of thanks. They celebrated with venison, fowl, fresh vegetables, and maybe some pumpkin desserts. Also, the day was made up of sports, conversing with friends, and simply resting after a long harvest. The Indians were invited to also share in the festival and many of them did. The original Thanksgiving was not as much of a religious day as it was a festival of thanksgiving. This day of thanks for all of their blessings resulted in the appropriate name for the holiday: Thanksgiving.

Of course, if you dont believe the old Pilgrim story and many dont then you may have your own opinion of why we call Thanksgiving what we do. However, todays holiday is based around giving thanks to God for our friends, family, homes, jobs, and all of our blessings. So, there really is no better name for this holiday than Thanksgiving i.e. giving thanks.

What are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is about a month away and lots of families are starting to make travel plans and decide where to celebrate the holiday. Because of this it is easy to allow the holiday to become hectic and crazy and never really enjoy it. However, if you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving make sure you celebrate it with the real feeling that is behind the holiday. Focus on being thankful for all of your blessings. Give thanks to God, to your family, and friends for all of their help and for allowing you to prosper yet another year. Dont let yourself become upset over the ratrace of celebrating with two sets of families and feeling rushed get you down. Instead, be thankful that you have another day to share with your families and extended family. Looking at Thanksgiving in this light will make it a lot easier for you to give thanks rather than focusing on the hustle and bustle going on around you. Just remember what you are thankful for and Thanksgiving should be an enjoyable time.