It’s easy to forget the origins of the holidays we celebrate. For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is about family, football, and pumpkin pie.
That’s all good stuff. But it’s also good to remind ourselves of the true origin of Thanksgiving and to remember how grateful we should be to live in a nation that has been immeasurably blessed by God.
While you’re fixing your Thanksgiving feast today, or heading over to Grandma’s in the car, tune into our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Remembering the Pilgrims’ Journey.”
Professor Jay Milbrandt, a professor at Bethel University in Minnesota, is with us to peel back the layers of history and get us back to what the first Thanksgiving was all about. He researched the Pilgrims after he discovered that his ancestors came to America on the Mayflower. He’s written about it in his book, They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims.
Did you know that North America was actually the Pilgrims’ second choice? He explains why, and he’ll also describe how the Pilgrims and Puritans fought for survival in the New World, explain the significance of the Mayflower Compact, and explore the origins of our modern-day Thanksgiving celebration.
I know you’ll enjoy our conversation with Jay Milbrandt. And if you’d like to read more, we’ll send you a copy of Jay’s book They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims for a gift of any amount. (For more information, visit our website.)