The Real Story of Thanksgiving

By The Common Constitutionalist – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Every year around this time, most schoolchildren hear the same ol’ Thanksgiving story in their classrooms across the nation. That so-called official story is a heartwarming tale of how the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a bountiful feast together. But it does not tell the full truth about what really happened on the Plymouth Plantation.

We’re told that the Pilgrims struggled for their survival when they landed in present-day Massachusetts in the 1620’s. Half of the Pilgrims starved to death or went back to England during the first year alone because of harsh winter weather and their lack of proper farming skills. Their chronic food shortages were ultimately resolved when the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn the following spring and together they celebrated their blessings with a huge feast.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant (among other things) that I would see two favorite movies on TV. One was Miracle on 34th Street – the original – and the other was Laurel Hardy in Babes in Toyland (also called March of the Wooden Soldiers).

Neither story used foul language to get the simple story across, but both were lots of fun. I’ve embedded Babes in Toyland for you below (in case you’ve never seen it). For Miracle on 34th Street, the best I could do is a couple of brief clips. Enjoy them.

Best Wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The First Thanksgiving

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

In December 1620, a group of settlers (we know them as Pilgrims), originally bound for Virginia, arrived in Massachusetts. They found a suitable location for a settlement, which they named Plymouth.

Besides starting a new colony from scratch, these early Americans also had to deal with a pair of issues which still plague us today: “Foreign”

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Thanksgiving

(Re-Blogged from Silver-Phoenix500.com, by Aubie Baltin)

At this time of the year when most of us have a lot more to be thankful for than we realize, (count your blessings) let us all say a small prayer for those among us who have not been so fortunate. I would also like to take this opportunity to examine that first THANKSGIVING  and to reflect upon a few lessons that might be learned from a few little-known details about the Pilgrims who first

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