Thanksgiving___a day for friends and families to gather for fellowship and have a good meal………….then gather round the TV for some afternoon foot ball.

Here in America, our Thanksgiving day, is a bit different, from how the pilgrim’s first Thanks giving was………..

Thanksgiving started a few years back…….. The event that Americans commonly call the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted for three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The Dinner they had is a little wilder, from what we have today, there feast consisted of fowlvenisonfishlobsterclamsberriesfruitpumpkinsquash and turkey.

Here is a few historical facts: On December 4, 1619, 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred, The group’s charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a “day of thanksgiving” to God. The pilgrims faced many hardships along the way, including sickness, Indian attacks, and the death of loved ones, but they persevered, and came through it with the guidance of GOD’s sovereign hand.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins from a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. This was continued in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

Squanto, a Patuxet Native American who resided with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them (Squanto had learned English while enslaved in Europe and during travels in England). Additionally the Wampanoag leader Massasoit had caused food stores to be donated to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient. The Pilgrims set apart a day to celebrate at Plymouth immediately after their first harvest, in 1621. At the time, this was not regarded as a Thanksgiving observance; harvest festivals existed in English and Wampanoag tradition alike. The Pilgrims held an even greater Thanksgiving celebration in 1623, after a switch from communal farming to privatized farming, a fast, and a refreshing 14-day rain resulted in a larger harvest. William DeLoss Love calculates that this thanksgiving was made on Wednesday, July 30, 1623, a day prior to the arrival of a supply ship with more colonists, but prior to the harvest. In Love’s opinion, this 1623 thanksgiving was significant because the order to recognize the event was from civil authority (Governor Bradford) and not from the church, making it likely the first civil recognition of Thanksgiving in New England. On October 3, 1789, George Washington made a proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America. On October 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to last. On December 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law.

We are so blessed in this country. Enjoy you’re family and eat too much, but Please take time, this year, and also every day, to what you are Thankful for, and to Give GOD glory for all he has done. Remember to count you’re blessings, every day and consider all the things that GOD has blessed you with.

We are very family run business, and we know the importance of Friends and Family. We invite you to come stay with us, at the Hotel Pigeon Forge, and become a part of our extended family.

Please don’t ever forget what this day was created for!!!!

Please share with us you’re Thanksgiving traditions and special memories. Thank you for you’re  continual support……….We look forward to seeing you at the Hotel Pigeon Forge

Special Thanks to wikipedia for the Thanksgivin facts. We invite you to check out the full article at:


About Hotel Pigeon Forge

We are an independently American owned Hotel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge is our hometown. Located on the parkway in the Theatre District. We are next door to Memories and Country Tonite, across the Parkway from Titanic Museum, Hatfield & McCoy, Smoky Mountain Opry, Wonderworks and Close to Dollywood! We look forward to seeing you!! Come experience the Great Smoky Mountains, there is always something to do here even if the weather outside is not what you want it to be, there are several indoor activities as well. Guest service is our #1 priority as well as Southern Hospitality!
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