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Friday, November 29, 2013

{Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2013 - Like the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1621}

Yes, we both being 1st generation immigrants, do have a lot of Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2013! 
Being alive and healthy and living in freedom with new found Friends that became Family is a Blessing. 
'Friends are family members without kinship'. -- Ronald Giphart Dutch writer
Like those 1621 Mayflower Pilgrims who celebrated Thanksgiving for God's goodness.
What a fate for half of those passengers that survived the sea and the first harsh winter...
And what a FEAST after those Mayflower conditions:
Sleeping with 80 persons in a cabin made to hold 30 people...
Food - Ship's biscuits that were infested by roaches, weevils and maggots...
Warm meals were too risky because they would set the sails at fire due to winds blowing those flames...
For 66 - Sixty Six days living like that!
Indeed, after a Prosperous Growth during the Summer of 1621 they had a Thanksgiving Celebration for God's goodness... Only 50 pilgrims survived of the original 102
The Food - Wild turkey etc.
No wonder that this became a NATIONAL FEAST - Thanksgiving History (just scroll down)
as early as 1777 but without an official Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt did just that in 1941.
PILGRIMS, NOT PURITANS...
Often those early Mayflower PILGRIMS are being confused with the later PURITANS
     The story behind the first U.S. Thanksgiving 

Wishing all American readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Related links:
List of Mayflower passengers | check those names of passengers that came from Leiden, South Holland in The Netherlands
Mayflower Compact | list of 41 male aboard and list of those that died at sea 

46 comments:

  1. we have much to be thankful for in this country. blessings to you.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      AMEN to that and mainly for the FREEDOM!
      Hugs and Happy Thankgiving blessings to you.
      Mariette

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    2. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving ... Mariette.

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    3. Dearest Helen,
      To you and your loved ones also a very Happy Thanksgiving!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Dearest Mariette,
    I wish you and your husband a very Happy thanksgiving!
    Thanks for the wonderful picture and all the informations!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thank you for wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving and we certainly did have a wonderful day with our Friends! We have so much to be grateful for when comparing to those Pilgrims on their 1st Thanksgiving...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Liebe Mariette,

    herzlichen Dank und einen guten Tag
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Kein Dank und gerne leite ich solche wichtige und historische Fakten weiter!
      Wir hatten ein wunderschöner Tag mit Freunde!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  4. Dearest Mariette;
    Oh, I was reminded of the hardship of the passengers of the Mayflower Pilgrims!!!
    I LOVED the quote from the Dutch writer 'Friends are family members without kinship', my friend. Now I can sense the feeling to myself receiving sweet comments for me from blog friends ♡♡♡
    Happy happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband♬♬♬

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      We all have many reasons for feeling Gratitude, compared with so many before us and even around us in this world!
      Glad you now learned about the Dutch quote about Friends... Yes, dear Japanese friend, even without any relatives being alive, we still will be surrounded with 'Family members without kinship'! There has been a reason for why we all became bloggers and found meaningful friendships around the world. We cannot YET understand all the mystic in life but nothing happens without a reason...
      Hugs and thanks for your sweet wishes; our Thanksgiving was a perfect one with 'Family'!
      Mariette

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  5. Dear Mariette,iI wish you and your husband a very Happy thanksging Day!!
    Enjoy!!Hugs!!!
    Dimi...










































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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you very much; it has been a perfect day!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Hello Mariette, It is too easy to confuse the Pilgrims and the Puritans, or at least to consider that they were the same type of people who came at slightly different times. The information you provide will help us to distinguish them and their philosophies.

    Getting back to Thanksgiving, I really miss the family meals in Ohio, and I am sure that yours will incorporate all the wonderful, Pilgrim-inspired elements, with an extra dollop of Dutch tradition. Have a great Holiday.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Well, for the not so avid readers out there, it is indeed too easy to confuse the Pilgrims and Puritans! You also love history and are well read and both, my husband and I have always loved to read. It is the best education there is. The quote: 'Show me your books and I tell you who you are', is such a valid one. Our home looks very much like a library with added reading now on a tablet.
      Wish you could have enjoyed our rich Family Thanksgiving here in Georgia... We were invited by our best Friends! Hope in spirit yours was a happy one too!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. A happy Thanksgiving voor jou, je hebt veel om dankbaar voor te zijn. Wat een leuk schilderij is dat van de maaltijd in de open lucht. Die boottochten waren vroeger verschrikkelijk, heb er wel over gelezen, ook van de mensen die naar NY voeren en op Ellis Island aankwamen en de Nederlanders die naar de Oost voeren. Het moet verschrikkelijk zijn geweest, maar mensen wagen toch elke keer weer de reis. Ook nu nog, in Italie en Spanje komen dagelijks honderden mensen in wrakke kapseizende bootjes uit Afrika aan met verschrikkelijke verdrinkingen voor de kust.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Dank je wel, we hadden een hele fijne Thanksgiving samen met onze amerikaanse 'Familie'. Ja, als we dan het huidige vergelijken met die éérste Thanksgiving van 1621, dan mogen we zeker niet klagen. Wat die mensen toch doorstaan hebben, minder dan de helft overleefde en het merendeel door scheurbuik; een simpel gebrek aan vitamine C. En natuurlijk erbarmelijke condities wat betreft persoonlijke hygiëne met alle infekties ten gevolge van.
      Je hebt gelijk, nóg steeds wagen mensen àlles om naar een beter land te komen... De zeeën herbergen enorm veel schipbreukelingen.
      Onze eerste keer naar Epcot Center in Orlando heeft ons dit Pilgrim verhaal voor altijd op het netvlies gegrift. In het Paviljoen van America werd zgn. door Mark Twain de geschiedenis verteld en het schilderij waar een moeder geknield in de sneeuw bij een grafje zit wat je kunt zien op deze vide bij 3:20 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrgmubbw1N4
      Lieve groetjes,
      Mariette

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  8. Happy Thanks Giving to you and your families.
    Hugs

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  9. Dearest Mariette,

    What a lovely history of a day that is particularly American. (And not the beginning of a shopping season that has gotten completely out of hand.)

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family...........*s*


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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      This story makes one especially feel gratitude for the many blessings we count, compared to those early Pilgrims... Indeed, the beginning commercial shopping season is NOT what this is all about...
      Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving yourself, like we had!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Come è bello quel quadro!godetevi la bella festa!Baci,Rosetta

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Quel quadro fa vederci como era per la primera volta nel 1621. Abbiamo così tanto da mostrare gratitudine per oggi; rispetto a quei tempi.
      La nuestra festa oggi era buona!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  11. Thank you for your wonderful post and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    Greetings, Conni

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    1. Dearest Conni,
      You are more than welcome, glad you enjoyed this post about history. We did have a great Thanksgivings Day!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Lieve Mariette,

    Hartelijk dankt voor alle informatie,weet eerlijk gezegd niet veel over de geschiedenis hoe en waardoor deze feestelijke dag ontstaan is. In Nederland hoor ik er nooit veel over.
    Dankzij jou goede uitleg weet ik er nu iets meer over.
    Heb het tafereel op je eerste foto met aandacht en plezier bekeken,ben dol op dit genre!!

    Ik wens jullie dan ook een Happy Thanksgiving.
    Liefs,Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Voordat wij naar de USA immigreerden wisten wij er ook niet veel van. Maar wanneer je hier woont en het vaker meegemaakt hebt is de geschiedenis zeker interessant en zoals ik hierboven aan Marianne (Biebkriebels) al schreef, de presentatie op Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida in het Paviljoen van Amerika staat ons voor altijd op het netvlies geschreven. Slechts 3 vrouwen overleefden en in totaal 50 van de 102. Als je een vrouw geknield bij een grafje ziet in de sneeuw dan laat je dit niet los. Die mensen hadden ècht iets te vieren na de eerste oogst van de volgende zomer! We hadden een erg fijne dag met onze beste Vrienden/Familie...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,

    Just popping over to wish you and Pieter a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,
      Thank you very much and yes, we did enjoy a lovely and Happy Thanksgiving with our best Friends who became our New World Family.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    Thanks giving for God's good ness! your husband and children with you are friends to blessed!
    Hags to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you very much and yes, we can be grateful for God's goodness in many ways.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  15. Good Morning Mariette, I think it is so good to give thanks, to remember the hardship which the Pilgrims faced and the obstacles they overcame. To spend 66 days in such cramped conditions, in search of a new life, was so very very brave and then to cope with the harsh conditions when they first landed near Cape Cod, they must have wondered how they would survive that first winter... and thanks to Samoset and Squanto they are taught how to survive in this New World.
    I do feel we need to take the time to think about everything we have, which so easily can be taken for granted.... especially our freedom.
    I really enjoyed this post.
    Have a lovely weekend Mariette.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Dearest Daphne,
      Thank you for your meaningful comment and yes, we ought to take the time to count our many blessings and above all our Freedom. Not everybody on this world is enjoying this. And compared to those Pilgrims we all are double blessed!
      Hugs and happy weekend!
      Mariette

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  16. Wishing you and your hubby a most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend Mariette!
    Hope you are feeling better.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine.
      We had a lovely Thanksgiving with all our Friends and the weekend is a very sunny one!
      Yes, I'm feeling a lot better!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Such a thoughtful post deares Mariette. So much to be thankful for! I do enjoy your blog a lot and have awarded you the Leibster Award. Details on my blog :) Thanks for being an awesome blogger!

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      Thank you for your visit and comment and I will be checking out your post about the Liebster Award. Thank you for considering me!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Hello Mariette,
    but you know I'm just reading a book
    on the history of the early English settlers who emigrated
    America in the 1600s?! I find the story very charming,
    although there were some ugly moments ....
    So Happy Thanksgiving
    LOve Susy x

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    1. Dearest Susy,
      Oh those Pilgrims, the first to move to the New World via Leiden, The Netherlands had to endure lots of hardships and less than half of them survived... What a fate! Later a lot more Puritans did follow but that was already different for them.
      We enjoyed a very wonderful Thanksgiving with our New World Family!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Liebe Mariette,
    deine Posts sind sehr vielseitig - das gefällt mir - das Gemälde ist wunderschön - die Story auch -

    ich wünsche dir einen schönen 1. Advent -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Danke, vielseitigkeit brauchen wir alle ja damit wir auch verstehen weswegen bestimmte Festtage entstanden sind, woher die Traditionen herkommen. Geschichte ist immer lebendig und wird immer weiter geschrieben...
      Künstler die so etwas in ein Gemälde weitergeben können bewundere ich sehr!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  20. Liebste Mariette,
    danke für diesen wundervollen Post. Ich lese immer wieder gern
    über die Pilger.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht Dir
    Irmi, sei ganz lieb gedrückt!

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Ja, über die Pilger lesen gibt uns Mut und lässt uns vor allem einsehen wie gut wir es alle haben heutzutagen! Ja für dich ein schöner Abend, wir sind noch nicht so weit...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  21. It's a lovely picture from thanksgiving. Have a nice weekend.

    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Elna,
      A historical 1st Happy Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims.
      You too, enjoy a happy and cozy weekend!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. We are so lucky. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Mariette :)

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    1. Dearest Dee,
      Certainly we all are blessed for living NOW... no comparison to those Pilgrims' 1st Thanksgiving!
      Yes we did have a lovely Thanksgiving at the home of our best Friends/Family without kinship.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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