The various elements of Thanksgiving include the Fall bounty, a sumptuous feast and gratitude that was taught to us by the traditions of this festive events related to Pilgrims.
While we narrate the anecdotes of yester years to our children, we should remember the struggles of existence for the pilgrims who did not know their destination and whether at all they would reach it.
No doubt, they did not have adequate clothes to dress; hence they ended up wearing the same dress every day and ate the same diminishing supply of salted beef and fish. Compared to what we have today on Thanksgiving - roasted turkeys, geese and ducks, delicious seafood of lobsters, clams, oysters and fresh fish, ice-cream, cakes and puddings; we have to remember that life was not easy for the pilgrims and good food was scarce.
Not to mention the various vegetables and salads that accompany our gourmet feast making them look awesome in the colorful celebrations. The celebrations of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving lasted not one but three complete days. So next time when you see a Thanksgiving Day Parade with the sluggish and vibrant bands zigzagging down the avenue, garden flags flying and zeppelin-like inflatable balloons buoyant in the sky; remember this beautiful occasion of celebration that is associated with the pilgrims and that of the gratitude.
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