In honor of our Pilgrim forefathers … Happy Thanksgiving to all staff and participants on the BioLogos boards!
The Brownists and other Pilgrim-style Independents opposed the Too-Papist nature of Christmas celebrations. So they co-opted the traditional English Harvest Festival as their holiday feast.
The foods bear a resemblance to Christmas food - - because it was!
It was just a month earlier.
At Plymouth Plantation, where the work ethic was legally enforced, Catholics and Anglicans had to get a special ruling that they didn’t have to work on Christmas day. They could do so, as long as it was in the privacy of their home . . . no playing loud “reindeer games” in pubic!