Here we are nearly 4 centuries later and we're right on the doorstep of our next Thanksgiving celebration thanks to this band of religious separatists that decided to brave the ocean and arrive here, free of oppression.

A single year after landing here as was their normal custom in England, the 53 pilgrims that survived the perilous trip gathered in Plymouth and celebrated their first successful harvest. Around 90 of the natives from the indigenous tribe including their chief also joined the puritans thereby starting the tradition that we now celebrate every 4th Thursday in November. Just typing that makes my stomach rumble, I can't wait for the Macy's parade, afternoon football and of course all that food... Well, and passing out into the impending food coma afterwards!