Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims’ Five Kernels of Corn

What can moldy bread, an over-crowded ship, puking passengers, and five kernels of corn teach us about Thanksgiving?

A lot.

Several years ago I picked up William Bradford’s first hand account of life in Plymouth. I couldn’t wait to read about the first Thanksgiving and expected the great Thanksgiving feast to be the theme of the book.

Instead, I read chapter after chapter of trials and tribulations as the pilgrims journeyed to the “New World” and began their new lives.

The plymouth pilgrims faced many trials. At one point the daily rations were down to five kernels of corn. But even then, they chose gratitude...

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  1. says

    For several years I read that poem each Thanksgiving. Every person would have five kernels of dried corn on their plate and after the poem, we passed a basket around and each person would drop a kernel into the basket and tell something they were thankful for. It really made you think of what life was like for the Pilgrims and how much we have to be thankful for.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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