The first Thanksgiving was about thanking God for getting the settlers through the winter, and protecting them against attacks from Native Americans. In other words, they were thankful to be alive. Just a few short years before that, they hopped on a boat to go to a new land…one that they knew nothing about. They depended on God and hard work to make it through every hardship.
AND…as much as people may try to rewrite history…God was the center of many of the settler’s lives. AND…they were thankful that they could worship freely, and not be forced to have one religion…as was a common practice in Europe.
Sadly, we have turned this into a day of gluttony, pleasure, and shopping at midnight for things that we don’t need. But be encouraged…we don’t have to change the country’s view of God, Thanksgiving, and History….just our own. And think about the first Thanksgiving…
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks to God, for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unamimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.
“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard…”
The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many
By Jennie A. Brownscombe 
The Pilgrim Society
Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”
Grace and peace, Dan