PINE BELT (WDAM) - In 1621, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the native American Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving.
Since then, we have latched onto everything associated with that day.
We have 33 places named Plymouth, four places called Turkey Creek and we even call seven places Cranberry.
Thanksgiving is a big business. Over 243 million turkeys are forecasted to be raised in the U.S. and over 859 pounds of cranberries to be produced.
And as for another Thanksgiving staple, sweet potatoes, we have a $126 million annual trade surplus.
Then there is all the money 48 million people will spend traveling.
Consider this: We would like to think that even with all the business of Thanksgiving that it still represents what is good in America.
A time for families and friends to gather for fellowship and to give thanks, for the 396th year, and counting.