Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
“The first Thanksgiving” as it is popularly referred to took place over the time period of three days in 1621 at the Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts. A year earlier, in 1620, a ship named the Mayflower, from Plymouth, England, arrived near present day Cape Cod, Massachusetts carrying mostly a group of religious separatists referred to as the Pilgrims. While they worked on establishing a village at Plymouth, the majority of the colonists remained on the Mayflower during the first winter, which was a harsh one.
In the spring of 1621, the remaining settlers moved ashore and befriended a Native American named Squanto of the Patuxet tribe. Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, catch eel and fish, and acted as an interpreter between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. In November of 1621, the governor of Plymouth, William Bradford, arranged for a celebratory feast and invited many Native Americans.
The first Thanksgiving menu consisted of wild fowl (ducks, geese, and turkey), fish (cod, eel, and bass), shellfish, venison, fruits and berries, vegetables (beetroot, peas, beans, maize, squash, and pumpkin), and grains. For the following three days the Pilgrims feasted and entertained their Native American friends.
Although the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth is widely credited as being the origin of the modern Thanksgiving tradition, other ceremonies of giving thanks are known to have occurred prior.
In 1863 through the proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln Thanksgiving became an official U.S holiday. President Lincoln originally designated the fourth Thursday of November as the Thanksgiving celebration date, where it has remained since.
Thanksgiving is a time to decorate homes with wreaths, centerpieces and fresh flowers. Every Fall during Thanksgiving, people beautify their homes with vibrant floral decorations which give the interiors a whole new look and feel. They light lamps to brighten the ambiance and dinner tables are adorned with the best china and antique silver cutlery to mark the occasion.
Thanksgiving is also a time for lavish family dinners and get to-gethers and hence the perfect occasion for sending loving messages and heartwarming gifts to relatives, colleagues at work place, superiors and subordinates and near and dear ones. Amongst other things, gifting holds a special significance on this day and you can convey your heartfelt feelings and express your gratitude through Thanksgiving flowers, cards and gifts.
This Thanksgiving, you can do something special for your loved ones. You can send them delectable hampers containing assorted goodies, enticing cakes or stunning floral ensembles as a loving gesture to show your gratitude. Your friends and family will surely appreciate the love and affection showered through these unique and exquisite gifts. These flowers and gifts will be remembered by all even after Thanksgiving has passed.
Thanksgiving is for gifting and whether you’re staying in Canada or North America or any part of the world, you can easily send across gifts and warm wishes through online gifting, along with loads of love and affection. Send Thanksgiving flowers and gifts to your loved ones.
Thanksgiving is celebrated as first Monday of October in Canada and fourth Thursday of November in United States. In 2012 it will be celebrated on 22nd November in United States where as in 2013, 28th November will be Thanksgiving Day.