Thanks & Giving

Thanks & Giving

Thanksgiving has to be one of the best holidays of the year. Right? Family, food and football! (Not necessarily in that order, depending on who you ask.)

But Thanksgiving has an unusual similarity to Fredericksburg history. How? Read on. 

The origins of Thanksgiving date back to the 1600s when the Pilgrims and the people from the Wampanoag tribe gathered together to celebrate their first abundant harvest — for THREE days! (Maybe we should extend Thanksgiving Day to Thanksgiving Weekend… Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday?)

But that’s not the whole story. People from different walks of life celebrating at the same table today is not all that uncommon, but in 1621, that was quite unheard of.  You can imagine that if English settlers and the local native tribes came together in that day and age, there was some serious “behind the scenes” event planning going on. 

History books say that a Wampanoag leader named Massasoit negotiated a peace treaty. (Sound familiar to all of you Fredericksburg history buffs? If not, check out Weapons would be left at home when trading and that sort of thing. So given that agreement, it’s easy to see how they came together at a table and created the first Thanksgiving!

Unfortunately, their agreement did not fare as well as Fredericksburg’s Meusebach-Commanche version which still stands today and the rivalry ensued once again. The rest, we shall say, is history. 

But…we can thank this short-term friendship for our long-lasting Thanksgiving Day tradition! 

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, when the early settlers and Native Americans celebrated their abundant harvest, we asked our team about their own “abundant harvest.”

We asked:

Besides family, friends and health, what are you most thankful for this year?” 

Keely: Living in our small town and vacations.

Mason: Being able to wake up every morning and enjoy the beautiful outdoors God has created for us to appreciate and use.

Graydon: I am thankful for life in the Texas hills and the way God provides for me. Life is Good!:))

Ginny: My faith and my job.

Bridget: Vacations with loved ones.

Caleb: My job, freedom and small town community.

Amy: Being able to raise our children in this wonderful small town community.

Kim: Since I cannot say friends and family, which always tops my thankful list, I have to say that I am most thankful for new directions, new goals and new adventures.

Krista: A successful business & RAIN!

Justin: My wonderful work family and our great community.

Caroline: I’m most thankful for the community and the kindness and support of everyone around me this year. My family has been so supportive of my life and goals since moving away from home. That is more than I could ever ask for!

My new friends and coworkers have been so kind in helping me make a home here in a new place. I am thankful for the life and work of Her Majesty the Queen.

Martha: Food!

From everyone at Fredericksburg Realty and Texas Ranch Realty, have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!



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