Conscious Thanksgiving Weekend
jeu. 22 novembre à 16:00
To some, the Inspiration for today’s Thanksgiving feast comes from 1620 when almost half of the settlers’ people did not make it through the winter. The colonists then formed a relationship with the neighboring Wampanoag Tribe who taught them about fishing, planting and hunting. By Autumn of 1621, the colonists collected enough food to feed the community through the coming winter. The Wampanoag’s joined the colonists for a three-day feast in honor of their bounty. The 1621 harvest meal is commonly thought of as the first Thanksgiving. For later colonists, the New England Thanksgiving had little to do with the 1621 harvest festival. Theirs was a religious holiday descended from the Puritan days of fasting, prayer, and giving thanks to God. Every Autumn the governor of each colony would declare days of Thanksgiving for bountiful harvest, victorious battles, or heavy rain showers. In 1777, the continental congress degreed that all 13 of America’s colonies celebrate a national day of Thanksgiving that year in celebration of their victory over the British in Saratoga. By the mid 19th century many states celebrated the holiday, varying by weeks or even months. Later, a determined magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale set about establishing a national Thanksgiving day. She passionately believe that such a day would help unite a nation headed toward Civil War. She began a one woman letter writing campaign. Urging politicians to establish the annual day as Thanksgiving. Her efforts were finally rewarded by Abraham Lincoln—who set about establishing a national Thanksgiving day, seeing the unifying potential of the holiday. In 1863 for months after the victory at Gettysburg he declared the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving day.
——————— On Thanksgiving, We give Thanks for the Harvest. I would like to invite all to have a conscious weekend of festivities, feasts and gathering. Mindfully eating and preparing food together, in your own home or in ours. Abraham Lincoln, being religious, chose to give Thanks to God. This is our purpose—to cultivate gratitude that radiates from our Spirit, illuminating our Soul and the path of our journey. Planting, watering, holding space for these seeds to grow to bear fruit—this is the lifecycle. I wish to honor our own growth, and be in a space of Thanks with each other. What to bring?
Games, books to share, crystals to enhance the energy, tarot & oracle cards, etc., candles, blankets, art supplies like markers, pencils, crayons, colored paper, magazines for vision boards. We will be sharing walks and hikes throughout the weekend, as the home is placed in the woods, so warm clothes & hiking shoes/boots should be on hand, or feet :) Food?
We’d like to keep the feast as clean as possible. As Organic, Non-GMO, gluten-free and refined-sugar free as possible. This is why we ask for each person to contribute $25 each day. If you are able to make something that corresponds with this, feel free! This has been sent out to many families and individuals who do not have Meetup so there will be a great deal of people attending over the weekend. Why is the time period so long?
The description above describes the three day feast of 1621, which is what we’d like to make happen. To honor the Puritan’s way, we’d also like people to join in our fasting, prayer and giving thanks throughout the day to download a deeper form of gratitude into our Consciousness. Those who are a single, or with family are able to sleep over if need be. Email Kayla at [masked] or give her a call / send a text to (203)[masked].