Happy Thanksgiving America and to the Christian Germans
Thanksgiving is an American holiday. It started when the pilgrims wanted to thank the Indians for all their help. However, Christian Germans too celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to God for a plentiful harvest. On the first Sunday of October visitors to German churches will find a plethora of fruits, vegetables, sheaves of grain, and also baked goods, as decorations around the altars. Visitors who go to market places and fairgrounds will oftentimes find Erntedankfest (literally: harvest gratitude festival) dances, displays, booths, a special Erntefeuer (harvest fire), and other festivities to celebrate this occasion. Thanksgiving is just a Christian event usually on a Sunday but not a dedicated party or celebration event. Sometimes peoples have some special decoration for church service and/or kids having a special performance. No turkeys around.
Will I be celebrating Thanksgiving since I was raised up in America? This year no. John is out of town right now and won’t be back until close to midnight. When he comes home he plan to go straight to bed. However, next year I do plan to celebrate Thanksgiving either by ourself or invite a few friends and neighbors over!
Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it!