Well everyone, it is that time of the year again. Time to sit around the kitchen table, loosen up your belt a few notches and indulge in some of the best food you have ever laid eyes on. Now it isn’t all about the food, it’s about family, coming together with those who you love and sharing your thanks. Not that you don’t do that everyday, but there is something about the holiday of Thanksgiving that makes the giving of thanks that much more special. The preparation, the eating, the football followed by the nap, and then everyone’s favorite, a late night snack. This ritual that everyone seems to follow on Thanksgiving has become a tradition of sorts. A tradition where we don’t have to worry about gifts, a tradition where we don’t have to worry about the snowfall (sometimes), this is a tradition where your presence means the most. Gathering around one table, hand in hand, sharing a special day where for once the only care in the world is being thankful for what’s in front of you.
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, make sure you find someone or something who you are thankful for, and let them know. Because today may seem like it is all about food, but in reality this day is about being thankful.
The pilgrims and the Native Americans initiated this holiday way back in 1621. In 1620, the pilgrims sailed off in the Mayflower, seeking religious freedom and when they came to Plymouth they found that and much more. The Native Americans populated this land at the time. Through the cold and harsh winter that weeded out a majority of the pilgrims, the Native Americans greeted the remaining pilgrims in the spring.
They came to the Mayflower and greeted the pilgrims in english. Realizing that the pilgrims had been practically defeated by the harsh winter, the Native Americans used this time as a time of lesson. The Native Americans taught the pilgrims how to harvest corn initially. This alliance, this time of empathy, revealed to the pilgrims that they had a friend in the Native Americans.
After the success in the harvest, the pilgrims deemed this a time for celebration. So for three days the pilgrims and the Native Americans came together as one in a time of thanks and a time of celebration. The two different cultures shared stories, laughs and food all in one place, around one large table. This was a sign from the pilgrims, a sign of thanks. The Native Americans did not have to show the pilgrims how to harvest corn and other vegetables, they could have let the pilgrims die on the boat, letting them survive on their own. But they didn’t. The pilgrims accepted these newcomers onto their land and treated them like friends. The pilgrims realized how lucky they were to have a guiding hand throughout this entire process, they were thankful. This was the basis of the celebration. The pilgrims were thankful that they had an alliance with the Native Americans, an alliance where the two came together with the same mission in mind, survival.
So there you see, even back in the 1600’s there was this sign of thanks. The pilgrims understood that without the Native Americans help they would have been dead in the water, literally. They were thankful for their friends, their ally. Still today we see this emphasis on thanks. Being thankful for the roof over your head, being thankful for the family you have to support you, even being thankful for the food that is on your table. Whatever it is, there is always something to be thankful for. And today is the perfect time to find that one thing, and let them know how thankful you are. Here at McIntosh Box and Pallet, we have a lot to be thankful for. Today we want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving and we also want to extend our thanks that we have for everyone in our community and everyone who we have done or currently doing business with, thank you. Now that you all got your history lesson and a little motivation to show your thanks, go and enjoy some food, watch some football and who knows, maybe even take a nap. Happy Thanksgiving!!