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    Preparing for Thanksgiving

    October 28, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    I vowed last year that I would be better about preparing for Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are the only two truly American holidays, and they are a valuable part of our children’s cultural heritage. My son likes July Fourth because of all the explosions and smoke. I prefer Thanksgiving!

    So…how to prepare for Thanksgiving? This year, my goal is for the children to begin to understand who the Pilgrims were and why they left England for Holland, and why they left Holland for the New World. I especially want them to understand the persecution and debauchary faced in those countries so that they can then understand what sort of society the Pilgrims aimed to build here in the Americas.

    My resource this year is free online. I don’t prefer reading books to the children from the blue screen, but this is definitely an inexpensive way to access a wonderful old book, beautifully written, that accurately details the history of the Pilgrims.

    Try it now. Margaret Pumphrey’s Pilgrim Stories is online, courtesy of Google Books. Of course, if you want to hold a real book in your hands, you can also buy Pilgrim Stories online.

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  • Reply Brandy October 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Rebecca, Thank you! I had never heard of that one before, but it is definitely going on my official NC Wyeth list. That is the list where I wait and make sure we actually get a good, hardback with color illustrations. They are so worth it! Thanks again. 🙂

  • Reply Brandy October 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    r, I am flattered that you think me capable of hosting Thanksgiving. Something about hosting a holiday makes me very nervous, though we are consdering hosting Christmas Eve this year if it looks like it is necessary.

    Do you remember the name of the Pilgrim book? It sounds like something that needs to go on my list!

  • Reply r October 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    For a moment, I thought you were going to write about making preparations for hosting Thanksgiving. I was really impressed. How organized! I am still impressed, but on a different level.

    I saw a beautiful book about Pilgrims the other day with illustrations by Wyeth. Made me think of you.

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