Thanksgiving is an especially valuable holiday to pause and remember our history and to thank God for all He has done for us. As we seek to redeem every holiday with our children by pointing them to God, one way of enjoying the holiday and teaching its meaning is through the many wonderful Thanksgiving books for kids.
History of the Thanksgiving holiday
The history of Thanksgiving is of a people who desired to venerate God in every aspect of their lives, so we can start by teaching our children the history of the Pilgrims, the journey on the Mayflower, and Plymouth Plantation. The history of the holiday in America starts with the story of the Separatists (later called Pilgrims). After leaving England to enjoy religious liberty in Holland, they decided to further separate themselves from worldliness by coming to a new country. After reaching Massachusetts instead of the Virginia colony when storms blew them north, they decided to stay in Massachusetts and settled Plymouth. They suffered through a difficult first year, but with the help of Squanto, they were able to plant and harvest. At the end of their first year, the Natives and Pilgrims celebrated together in what we now call the first Thanksgiving. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863.
Dig deeper into the history and original documents with these Thanksgiving books!
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