Thanksgiving was first observed by the Pilgrims in 1621 where a feast was given to give thanks to God for their arrival in a new land and their successful harvest. I wish I knew their individual stories, their joys and pain. How was it to come to a new country and have to make friends with the native Indians to survive? I mean they left all of the comforts they knew to find religious freedom in an unknown land. I admire their actions of faith, and wish I knew the Pilgrim story better.
I have sincerely loved learning the stories of my heritage. As I have studied my ancestry I feel like I have gotten to know myself and my family members better. I have a greater appreciation for the blessing I experience because of the sacrifice and determination of my ancestors. I feel like this is a gift I want to give children an understanding of their family and how they have blessed their life.
So when I met Julie Nielson I loved her idea of teaching her heritage to her children through her own drawings. What a personal way to display something so unique to your family! “It depicts multiple generations and how certain key figures from my ancestry have influenced who I am today. I think in American culture too often a family is thought of as only your immediate parents and siblings, while many other cultures are much more connected to and have a greater appreciation for the generations who came before them. This project was a reminder to me that ALL of our family contributes in making us who we are, and that family is crucial part of personal identity.”
My challenge to you is to find a way to teach your children their heritage using your own talents. Sit and do some story telling, act it out in a short skit, sew a quilt that brings together their different ancestry. Most of all remind them of the many blessings their family has given them.
This is a trailer of a movie that someone made about my great, great, great grandpa. I often think of him and admire his actions. He was an extremely generous and faithful man. I first watched this 2 years ago on Thanksgiving and my heart was full of deep appreciation for my family.