A Happy Thanksgiving?

Angela Soto, Web Designer

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and catch up on things you’ve missed with them. People love to eat until they feel like exploding and sleeping right afterward. A time for fun and cherishing each other. Although it’s fun and games, there is more to unravel when it comes to the real story of Thanksgiving.

You know how it goes, the Pilgrims came to America seeking religious freedom. They boarded on a ship named the Mayflower and set off on a journey that would take sixty-six days to reach the New World. After a brutal winter in the New World, the got help from the Native Americans who taught them how to work the land and catch fish. After a successful harvest, the governor William Bradford invited their Native American allies to join them in a feast, thus making the first Thanksgiving.

But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the real story of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims never even called themselves Pilgrims, they were separatists. They didn’t only come for religious either, they had religious freedom in Holland. They came here to make money. Another thing, nobody knows if the Natives were invited to the feast. With that in mind, you also have to remember that as a thank you to the victories to the North during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863.