Give Thanks - A Holiday Photo story
Today, I have made a Thanksgiving Story for you! It's about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are the roles...
Starring Kaya as Squanto and Samoset.
Lanie - Mrs.Adams
Kit - Mr. Adams
Annie (MyAG #24) - Hannah Adams
Maryellen - Mrs. Carter
Molly - Mr. Carter
Emily Bennet - Sarah Carter
Georgia (Truly Me #44) - Chief Massasoit
A long time ago in England, there ruled a king. He was James I. King James ordered that everyone was to join the church of England or they would be banned from the realm.
There lived a people called the Puritans, and they refused to obey the king. The Puritans believed that they should be able to worship God in their own way. King James was angered by this, so he had them arrested and some were even killed. A group of Puritans escaped to Holland,and they considered temselves "pilgrims", or religious wanderers.
After 12 years in Holland, the pilgrims decided to seek a better life in the New World. They loaded a ship with the supplies needed for the long journey. On September 6, 1620, 102 men, women, and children went aboard the Mayflower and left for the new world.
"Be careful, my dear.", warned Mr. Carter as he helped Mrs. Carter down into the ship's lower cabin. ''Why thank you!'', she replied sweetly. The Carter family was one of the many families leaving for the New World. They were nervous and frightened, but they knew the God would be with them. The Carters were traveling with thier good friends, the Adams.
Once everyone was aboard, the ship set sail.
"We're going, we're finally going!", exclaimed Hannah.
"I'm scared. I don't want to leave home...'', said Sarah. "It's alright Sarah.'' Her mother pulled her into a warm hug. "God is with us. He will protect us no matter what." Sarah knew her mother was right, but she was still fearful as Holland slowly disappeared.
Hannah and Sarah stayed on deck until they could see thier homeland no more. Then the two best friends returned to thier parents in the lower cabins of the ship.
"There you are!", laughed Mrs. Adams. "We were looking for you. Stay down here. I heard that a storm might be coming through.'' And Mrs. Adams was right. Within a few days into the journey, a terrible storm came. The small blue waves turned into roaring foamy mountains. The sky was as dark as coal, and fierce lightning blazed all around.
Many of the pilgrims became seasick... VERY seasick. They couldn't go up on deck or the would be swept away by the crashing waves.
"Ohhh, my stomach hurts, mother.", groaned Sarah. "I know, dear. Everyone is feeling quite ill."
The ship rocked and swayed violently. Sarah closed her eyes and whispered a silent prayer. "Dear Lord, please let the storm stop, and let us arrive safely at the New World. Amen"
A few days later, the storm passed. Sarah was extremely thankful. She ran up to the top deck and took a deep breath of fresh air.
Suddenly a loud scream made her jump in fear.
"Land ho, LAND HO!", yelled a sailor.
A rush of people came onto the deck, some dancing with joy, others praising God that the long journey was over.
Hannah appeared by Sarah's side and grabbed her hands. "We're here Sarah! I can't belive we're here!" The girls twirled around, laughing happily.
"Oh, thank you! Thank you Lord for bringing us here safely!'', Sarah exclaimed.
A short while after the pilgrims arrived, a small row boat was sent to shore. A team of men went and scouted the land.
They found fields cleared by the indians, but not one was to be seen. The men began to plan thier new village called Plymouth. It would be a nice little town, and they were ready to start building.
However, building was delayed by a giant storm. It was not until January 2nd that they could start. The men woked hard, but it was not going so well.
Winter soon struck with such harsh intensity that Governor John Carver allowed the families to stay on the Mayflower. The pilgrims were running out of food and many became sick and died.
Spring finally came though, and the pilgrims were full of hope. Now they could plant gardens and provide for themselves.
"Phew! This is more difficult than I thought...", sighed Hannah as she dug in the dirt. "I know, but now we will have fresh food to eat!", said Sarah, licking her lips. The girls were planting carrots in thier small garden. They were excited and couldn't wait to taste the yummy, fresh, vegetables.
"Looks like we're out of seeds.", Hannah frowned. "I'll go get some more.'' She jumped up and started running towards the house. But she stopped by a big pine tree and gasped.
There, before her very eyes, was an indian! "Sarah, come quickly!", she whispered.
"An indian!", Sarah said. The girls watched quietly as the tall figure began to speak.
"Welcome, Englishmen. I am Samoset."
Everyone was surprised that this "savage" could speak thier language. He was also kind and friendly. Samoset departed and returned a week a later with Chief Massasoit and Squanto, another english-speaking indian.
For the next few days, Squanto interprepted as Governor John Carver and Massasoit made a peace treaty. After the agreement, Chief Massasoit went back to his home, but Squanto stayed at Plymouth.
Squanto could clearly see that the pilgrims didn't know much about survival in the New World, so he set out to teach them.
First, he showed them how to use fish as a fertilizer for crops. He helped them plant beans. pumpkins, and corn. Those were the things that grew abundantly in the rich soil.
When the crops were thriving, Squanto led the men to the forest were the turkey dwelled. He told them about them about different trails and animals. The pilgrims were amazed at his knowledge of the land.
The harvest of 1621 was plentiful and glorious! Food of all kind was everywhere; pumpkins, beans, berries, salmon, you name it! The pilgrims were joyful, and it was time to celebrate. The new governor, William Bradford, asked Squanto to invite Massasoit and few friends to come and join them. But on the day of the feast, Chief Massasoit arrived with 90 indians!
The cooks were shocked, but quickly recovered and started to make more food.
For three days, the Pilgrims and Indians celebrated, played games, and shot guns and arrows.
It was a time of happiness, joy, and thanks. It was the first Thanksgiving.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ concerning you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
What are you thankful for this year? I am thankful for many things, but I'm especially thankful for Jesus, who came to earth and saved us from sin. We are not perfect and never will be, but because of Jesus, we are forgiven. That's what I'm thankful for this year. :)
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and enjoy the yummy food!
-American Girl Doll Crafter and the Doll Days Crew
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