Who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America...before the Pilgrims?
Answer: The Spanish
The Spanish celebrated in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. They gave thanks to God for their safe crossing of the Atlantic and shared a meal with around 200 neighbors of the Seloy tribe. No one knows for sure what they ate, but it probably looked a lot different from our roast turkeys and cranberry sauce!
How many of the Pilgrims died in the first year of settlement?
Forty-five of the original 102 colonists died in the first year amid tremendous hardship. Yet God put in their path English-speaking Native Americans, who helped them build a new life in an unfamiliar place.
How long was the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving?
Answer: 3 days
In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated for three days of meals and games with their Wampanoag neighbors, giving thanks to God for their abundant blessings.
Which U.S. President made Thanksgiving an ongoing federal holiday (and which refused to celebrate it!)?
Answer: President Lincoln
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday. Before that, Presidents had to declare the holiday annually - something Thomas Jefferson famously refused to do.
Why is it important to be thankful?
The Bible tells us to be thankful in all circumstances. It is an act of trust in God's goodness and provision ... a recognition of truth that goes beyond immediate circumstances. It is a weapon of spiritual warfare and the moment in which we truly receive the good God has given. Read more about The Power in Giving Thanks.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18