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Mary Fairchild

The Pilgrims' Religion: A Faith That Inspired Thanksgiving

By November 5, 2013

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Mayflower II
Mayflower II, replica of the original ship Mayflower, which sailed in 1620 bringing the first Puritan Separatist pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Today, most of us celebrate Thanksgiving in warm, comfy homes equipped with all the latest conveniences. But when the Pilgrims sat down to the first Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, they praised God in the midst of extremely harsh living conditions. By then, after spending only a year in their new homeland, they had lost half of their entire group to illness, starvation, Indian attacks and severe weather.

With unshakable faith in God, the Pilgrims inspired a tradition in their new land that continues to be observed nearly 400 years later--the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Take some time to learn the beliefs of these brave Christians and why they were able to give thanks even in the most challenging circumstances.

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