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Friday, November 28, 2014

{Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2014 - Like the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1621}

Yes, we both being 1st generation immigrants, do have a lot of Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2014! 
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!
The Pilgrims Come to the New World - Mayflower Conditions ←click it for excerpt above and below.
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 (←click it and 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  ←click it to link of the above

Wishing all American readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Related links:
Samoset 1590-1653 | information about this great Native American Diplomat!
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 

38 comments:

  1. wish 'we' could have stayed as pilgrims...

    happy thanksgiving to you and pieter!

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      In a lot of moral aspects; yes that for sure was often a lot better.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you both!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Thanks a ton sweet lady, I am so copying this for my little grandgirls, they are going to just love this story!
    I have told my girls and G'girls about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims...but now with this explicit in-formation, so very detailed and educational, it'll be perfect for them! Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you and Pieter a lovely Thanksgiving.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      You're quite welcome as this is such an important part from history that more people ought to read this! I will share this annually, because we're celebrating this part of history every November.
      Thank you for your wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, Thanksgiving and the spirit behind it is one of the most exportable American creations. I hope that more people will pause and be thankful for the myriad blessings all around, and emulate the other virtues of the Pilgrims

    I hope that you and Pieter have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
    --Jim
    PS: Amazing how in 1620 the newcomers were greeted by English-speaking Indians; that's service!

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thanksgiving is a very meaningful day in the history of the U.S.A. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as well; in spirit at least!
      Native Americans Samoset and Squanto can be called true Diplomats! That was remarkable for being able to greet those Pilgrims in English.
      Best wishes,
      Mariette

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  4. Dear Mariette,

    Was great to read about the Pilgrims making the voyage on the Mayflower and surely must have been hard times and how happy they would be to reach the new land. Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you and Pieter a very happy Thanksgiving.
    Sending hugs and blessings
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Oh, we all are so blessed when we compare the many hardships those 'passengers' on the Mayflower endured, compared with all the luxury of traveling we can indulge in!
      Thank you for wishing is both a happy Thanksgiving; we have many things for being grateful of.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well on this historical day.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest MAriette,
    thank you for this wonderful and interesting post!
    Adn ...Happy Thanksgiving to you both!
    Have a wonderful time!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thank you very much and this post is about such an important part of the USA history!
      Hugs and love to you,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette,
    Thanksiving for God goodness wishing on historial day with your Pieter together happy days!
    Hugs and love to you both big hug!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you ever so much for your thoughtful words and good wishes on this historical day!
      Big hugs back to you dear, from both of us.
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,

    danke für deinen Beitrag. Nun habe ich wieder etwas über die amerikanische Geschichte und den Ursprung des Brauches dazu gelernt. Es ist sehr interessant. Hab mit Pieter einen schönen Feiertag in deiner neuen Heimat.

    Ganz liebe Grüße von Elvira

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    1. Liebe Elvira,
      Ja es ist eine sehr schöne Geschichte und mit viel Gründe wurde damals das erste Mal gefeiert zusammen. Um damals überleben zu können, war nicht so einfach! Wir sind alle so verwöhnt da wir alles haben was wir wünschen und auch zum Essen alles kaufen können.
      Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine gute Wünschen zu uns beiden und ich schicke dir liebe Grüsse zurück.
      Mariette

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  9. Liebe Mariette,

    das Lob der guten Kommentare teile ich.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke dafür und auch alles Liebe,
      Mariette

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  10. A happy Thanksgiving to you and many more in the future.

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    1. Dearest Marianne,
      Thank you so much and yes, we intend to celebrate many more together.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dear Mariette,it is a historical day for the U.S.A.
    Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and Pietre!
    Enjoy!Have fun!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      It sure is a very historical day for the U.S.A. and we did celebrate it in grand style at the home of our American Family with great food.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Thank you for this post. It is concise, interesting and it had all info I need to share with my students. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      Glad you found some worthwhile information for sharing with your students. It is a wonderful age old tradition with a great start. We all can learn from that!
      We had a lovely time with our American Family at their home with delicious food and great company.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. lieve Mariette ,
    happy thanksgiving !!!!!

    een lieve groet

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Ja dank je wel! We hebben héél lekker gegeten bij lieve vrienden die ons als familie hebben opgenomen. Erg fijn en in goed gezelschap.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Peter.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Thank you! We did have a lovely Thanksgiving at our Friends'.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. It was great and interesting to read about Mayflower Pilgrims. What harsh conditions they had to go through.
    Happy Thanksgiving holiday xoxo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you and yes, if we compare our luxury to their harsh conditions, we are all so blessed! Enjoy the special Thanksgiving weekend too and stay cozy, we had a little frost early morning.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Liebe Mariette,
    auch ich wünsche euch alles Gute zum Thanksgiving - du hast sehr interessant von der Mayflower erzählt und von den schlimmen Zuständen, mit denen sich damals die Menschen abfinden mussten - schön, dass die Überlebenden ihre Dankbarkeit immer weiter auf die nächste Generation geben -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Danke für deine nachträgliche Wünsche! Ja was haben es alle so gut und sicher ist es wunderbar dass so eine Dankbarkeit weitergeleitet worden ist über soviele Generationen.
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette
    One can think about that for a while.
    All they endured to get a better life...

    The painting is absolutely gorgeous

    Wishing you a nice weekwnd! Hugs // Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      It certainly is food for thought! We are so spoiled when we look at what those Pilgrims endured indeed... The painting gives us a great insight in life back than.
      Hugs to you and happy weekend to you as well.
      Mariette

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  18. Very interesting information, Mariette. Even I didn't know all of that. Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you and glad to share this! We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Such a fantastic detailed history of Thanksgiving. Many things even I, a native American, did not know. I really enjoyed reading this. x

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    1. Dearest Minerva,
      Thank you, history always has been my favorite and I love to share this. Glad you enjoyed it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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