The weather here in Delaware is finally turning colder and the leaves are falling. It’s nearly Thanksgiving and everyone is rushing to get the last items on their grocery list for the big meal. So what is Thanksgiving really about?
It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and the year that has past. In England during Henry VIII reign, there were reforms that reduced the number of Church holidays, replacing them with Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving. Days of Fasting were for unexpected disasters like floods, plagues or drought while Days of Thanksgiving were for celebrating good things like military victories or the birth of royal children.
When the Pilgrims came to the United States in the 1600s, they brought with them the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving. Our modern Thanksgiving tradition has its roots in the 1621 celebration in Plymouth to celebrate a good harvest. The Pilgrims celebrated with the Wampanoags, a Native American tribe, who had helped them get through the previous winter.
As we prepare to spend time with our loved ones, what are you thankful for this year? Here at Bridgewaters, we are thankful for family and friends and especially for our customers. We thank you for continuing to allow us to serve you. Happy Thanksgiving!