Most Americans trace the history of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday to the 1621 harvest feast between English colonists (pilgrims) and the Wampanoag people. The Pilgrims contributed fowl (possibly turkey, but more likely geese or ducks) while the Wampanoag people brought venison to the feast, which may have also included fish, vegetables, and beer. Although these two groups of people were enemies, the days-long party and shenanigans acted as a sort-of treaty between them that went on to last more than 50 years.
Today, the American Thanksgiving feast is recognized for the large amounts of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and other delicious food that we devour—but more importantly, it’s a time to be gather with family and friends who live near and far, to count our blessings and share with each other.
This Thanksgiving, whether your traditions include turkey, football, parades, shopping on Black Friday, or all of the above, we encourage you to show your appreciation and gratitude to whoever or whatever you are most thankful for.
We here at LifeSteps Financial are thankful for you this year. Happy Thanksgiving!