The Pilgrims Progress

For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful, Amen.” 

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern cropped

The midweek word prompt over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Giving Thanks.

The Canadian Thanksgiving day (a single one day holiday) took place in October, so today Gerry links our prompt to the American Thanksgiving that takes place tomorrow.

We English began the American tradition of  Harvest Thanksgiving when Fifty three English Pilgrims gave thanks to God for their plentiful first harvest and shared their good fortune with ninety Native Americans. 

Harvest Thanksgiving was nothing new to the Pilgrims nor to others in the world, many nations gave and still give thanks when all was and is safely gathered in. Even Pagan communities celebrated the harvest.

Have you ever wondered what those early Pilgrim settlers would think if they could see how the celebration has evolved? I’m sure they would rejoice in the knowledge that four hundred years later, their descendants plus many other new ‘Americans’ continue to come together to break bread, cook turkey, and thank their blessings.

BUT,  what about the day after, the frantic, nationwide rush to grab a bargain at the start of a month-long shopping spree, what would they think of that? After all, although not Puritans, they were simple Pilgrims!

We don’t have Thanksgiving in my country, instead we have Harvest Festivals that are held in schools and churches throughout Britain, and are most commonly held during the first two weeks of October; however, there are no set dates, schools and churches choose which day to celebrate. We do not celebrate in our homes, and it’s not a national holiday, though many church-goers come together to take part in the Church’s Harvest Supper.

We don’t wish each other a Happy Harvest, in fact, we don’t do the American Happy thing at all – we don’t say Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday etc. We wish each other Happy or Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Easter and that’s it.

We are very staid over here; we don’t send each other HUGS either, it’s just not done (perhaps you’ve noticed). I accept the virtual hugs with thanks, but I don’t reciprocate because it’s not the English way! 💕💕

A few short years ago, Black Friday found its way over to Britain and two years ago, just like plenty of others I took advantage of the reduced prices. It was my very first Black Friday, and I chose to upgrade to newer models of my iPad, iPhone and Dashcam.

Unfortunately, at the end of my shopping spree I endured over two hours of queuing in traffic, and that was just the car park (parking lot). I was thankful for my discounts, but I doubt I will do it again.

(C) 2019 – Word Prompt Gratitude from Weekly Prompts.

Picture Credit:  Google Images, The Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving by Anne McGovern, illustrated by Elroy Freem.

20 thoughts on “The Pilgrims Progress

  1. Being an Australian, we too have very little to do with Thanks Giving Day of the Americans,.. “BUT”… I see few a few ad’s and commercials about “Black Friday’ …. creeping into our newspapers and on our TV…….I’m happy to be out living the future onslaught of this event in Australia !!
    I’m still not that well Sue, and I missed your Christmas prompt last week….. but I’ve got an older festive season poem, that might be appropriate for both of these prompts….. I’ll post it soon Sue xxxx ((Hugs))

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    1. Thank you for the ((Hugs)) 😀! I won’t be doing any shopping on Black Friday either, I won’t have a car because it’s being collected for its annual service and road testing. That’s one way of avoiding the traffic queues!

      I’m sorry you’re still not well, Ivor. My fingers are crossed that you get well very soon.
      I look forward to seeing your poem, thank you and take care. xx 🙂

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Very interesting post Sue, I learned about some traditions on your side of the pond I didn’t know about. I’m sorry Black Friday has spread its ugly wings to Britain. I wouldn’t shop on BF if you put a gun to my head. The poor employees of these stores don’t even have the opportunity to enjoy family time. Instead, they have to show up for work, or likely lose their job. Sad state of affairs.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I feel sorry for those employees too, over here BF isn’t a holiday so it’s a normal working day. This year the stores launched BF a week early. It’s only a few years since the stores began opening on Sunday, something I was against. Thank you Ginger 🙂


  3. It has gotten worse over here, Sue. It has been determined that due to Thanksgiving being late this year, there are only 26 shopping days until Christmas instead of 32. Gasp! The horror! So instead of plain old Black Friday, I have been bombarded with pre-Black Friday sales emails….since last week. And then Monday is Cyber Monday–all the shopping known to man to be done online. I am so over this.

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  4. Like Ivor I live in Australia where Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated except in families with stong ties to the USA.

    I am horrified to see advertisements for Black Friday sales and will avoid them like the plague.

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    1. I feel the same as you, and for me I feel it is important to retain my Englishness, too many imports and I’m sure you probably feel the same about Australia. Thank you Maureen.


  5. gc

    Well love you have discovered that this is the season to be frantic. I usually treat myself to a Captain Morgan rum and peach juice cocktail when all the shopping is done. Cheers to you. 🙂

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  6. We don’t do Black Friday shopping in my family.
    Thanksgiving through Sunday is spent sharing good food, lots of laughs, long walks, movies, board games, jigsaw puzzles, singing, playing outside with the kids and Coop, ETC.

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    1. I loved hearing about your family Thanksgiving and I think I would enjoy it very much. It sounds very similar to our Christmas celebration, big turkey lunch and afterwards party games and board games.

      The following day is known here as Boxing Day and is also a holiday, though these days, just to spoil the Christmas holiday, the stores are open and the Boxing Day sales are launched and continue into the new year. Thank you so much, Carolyn, for telling me about your family Thanksgiving. And as today is the big day, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day. 🙂

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  7. I would guess those very religious early settlers would have not a single nice thing to say about the modern day thanksgiving! I would also put money on those native Americans not liking how things turned out for them either

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