This “thanksgiving” meal would not be celebrated again until June of 1676. On June 29th, the community of Charlestown, Massachusetts proclaimed a day of thanksgiving for their good fortune. Ironically, this celebration excluded the Native Americans, as the colonists’ recognized their recent victory over the “heathen natives.” One hundred years later, in October of 1777, all 13 colonies participated in a one-time “thanksgiving” celebration which commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. It would take a span of over 150 more years to establish Thanksgiving as we celebrate it -- George Washington proclaimed it a National holiday in 1789, Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November in 1863, and Congress sanctioned it as a legal holiday in 1941.
We are grateful that we have a holiday where we can celebrate with each other and humbly reflect upon all the gifts that saturate our lives. We are thankful for all our friends and families here at the Unitarian Montessori School!