The Relevance of Thanksgiving

December 14, 2018

For most of us, Thanksgiving usually means feasting, five-day weekends, parades, family reunions, or a forerunner to holiday festivities. But there must be more to this ever popular holiday; even Macy’s celebrates it.

 

The first Thanksgiving was held almost 400 years ago, following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims had suffered the loss of 46 of their fellow colonists. With the assistance of the Native Americans, the remaining colonists survived the brutal winter and soon after yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621 (the year of the very first Thanksgiving).

 

Of course we all know the story of Plymouth Rock and how the Pilgrims came from Europe but when one thinks of the story of Thanksgiving, the story is rather relevant to today. The story is about undocumented aliens coming to a new country and being treated with respect and hospitality. Today, immigration is a controversial topic. Everyone has their specific opinions, even our president. Donald J. Trump is anti-immigrant. In the words of one of his infamous tweets, “Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not and many are just using children for their own, sinister purposes. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote “R”.” Our president is so against immigration when in fact the holiday Thanksgiving is celebrating the hospitality shown to immigrants. When we celebrate these holidays it is important to recognize the roots of what we are celebrating and keep in heart the true meanings of these celebrations

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