Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Tradition of the Five Kernels of Corn

Attic Gal Rachelle says:


Here is a very easy, yet meaningful Thanksgiving tradition that you still have time to do!

Every year my kids are in charge of making little packets of five candy corns in a piece of netting tied with raffia.

We pass them out to everybody at the Thanksgiving table. Before anyone takes a bite of the Thanksgiving feast before them, one of us reads this:

Pilgrims had a custom of putting five kernels of corn on each plate before Thanksgiving dinner was served. In many old Plymouth families, the custom is still followed today. The five kernels of corn were chosen because prior to the first harvest, things were so bad that the daily ration was five kernels of corn per person per day. Imagine how grateful the survivors of the first horrible winter were for the abundant first harvest! The pilgrims put five kernels of corn on their plates to remind them of their great blessings. Let us also remember.

The first kernel of corn reminds us of the autumn beauty around us.

The second kernel of corn reminds us of our love for each other.

The third kernel of corn reminds us of God's love for us.

The forth kernel of corn reminds us of our friends.

The fifth kernel of corn reminds us that we are a free people.


It is a wonderful way to be reminded of the bounteous blessings enjoy! There is always so very much to be grateful for!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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