November is the month when Americans typically kick off the holiday season, marked by a smorgasbord of acorns, squash, pumpkins, and pie. Lots of pie. Sometimes all this food shadows the real reason for celebrating – Thanksgiving, a time when we show thanks and gratitude for the things we have and the kindness of our fellow humans.
Americans typically recognize the “First Thanksgiving” as the three-day feast celebrated by the Native Americans and colonists in 1621. The Plymouth, MA settlers and Native Americans shared in the joy of a successful harvest season. In 1863, President Lincoln decreed a national day of Thanksgiving and the tradition stuck.
The holiday season, while a joyous time, can also be a tumultuous one. Before you sit down for a Thanksgiving turkey, and of course some pie, take a minute to give thanks to special people in your life. Sometimes the smallest of gestures, even a kind word, can make all the difference.
Here are some great titles to help inspire us all:
Search the VBPL catalog for books and other materials about Thanksgiving.
Of course, the library can also help you with the pie! Check out our collection of Thanksgiving cookbooks.