Thanksgiving Plays

Thanksgiving stories abound throughout academic and entertainment literature that spotlight the unusually daring adventures of a few Pilgrims who set sail for the New World in the early 1600's. Many are written for children's and adult literature are written from authentic accounts taken from the diaries of real Pilgrims. An extensive collection of stories have been written and produced for Americans of all ages. Some of the most famous and interesting of children's Thanksgiving plays have been those about the special Indian that God used in an uncommon way. As many Thanksgiving plays and stories remind us, Squanto only lived about two years after first meeting his new found friends and just before death, expressed his desire to go to heaven. "I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord." (Psalms 116:17)

Many scripts for children that have been written about Squanto and the Pilgrims have served to involve children through an historical perspective of Thanksgiving. Some of the plays about Squanto are delightful as well because of the character roles involved. Children love dressing up like Indians and Pilgrims since Squanto's story is one of the more exceptional Thanksgiving stories to reenact. There are many Thanksgiving stories regarding the historical, autumn celebration in which the Pilgrims and Indians thanked God for the miracle of survival in the New World.

Perhaps no other stories can show the intricate weave of God's plan for providing assistance to the Pilgrims in a powerful way as much as the story of Squanto. Many years before the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Squanto was a young boy who was captured by an exploration crew from Britain. Thanksgiving stories based on true accounts tell of his subsequent education in the English language and ways. Eventually, he was returned to his homeland with another group of explorers and set free. According to historical records, he was later captured by Spaniards and sold into slavery. The crux of many Thanksgiving plays is the authenticated account of his conversion to Christianity which was influenced by his Spanish liberator.

He again was transported back to the homeland only to find the entire village destroyed by a 'white' disease. According to many stories, he was there at the time the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth and carefully introduced himself to them. God used his exposure to the English language, culture and new found faith in Jesus Christ to mold him into the perfect instrument of provision for the inexperienced newcomers. He and the Indian comrades celebrated the first feast with the grateful Pilgrims.

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