Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.
- Edward Winslow, Mourt's Relation (courtesy: Wikipedia)
How touching. Over the next two hundred years, we will butcher your people, kill all your buffalo, decimate the natural environment that you've lived in harmony with for centuries and eventually restrict what's left of your tribes to a few scattered pieces of land, but meanwhile, have some more stuffing.
Is it just me, or do other people think that celebrating harvest festivals is a little redundant now? "We thank thee lord for this bountiful supermarket cart and for the 5% discount that thy Grace and the possession of a Fresh Grocer card have brought us".
Personally, I think we should move Thanksgiving to the close of the financial year, where every company should celebrate another year of meeting earnings estimates with sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and an analyst roasted in gravy.