Plymouth Colony was founded by the Pilgrims, a group of religious separatists who abandoned the Church of England who through a journey of great trials and tribulation came to America to practice their faith freely. The Pilgrims and their leaders openly recognized and acknowledged God for the miraculous and steadfast blessings that helped them to survive and thrive in this new land. Thanksgiving Day, 1621 was at its core a religious observance. Popular practice today relegates Thanksgiving Day to primarily a food holiday enjoyed with family and friends. Like the Pilgrims, let us remember to always recognize God’s hand in our lives and give specific thanks to God for our blessings.