It’s inconvenient, I suppose, to remember that most of the people who settled in Massachusetts in the early 1600s were Puritans. Dare I say, Calvinists? Their first Thanksgiving included food, family and fun, to be sure, but they primarily called the feast to thank the Lord for bringing them through that first harsh New England winter.
In other words, they focused on the Lord.
Thanksgiving Day now offers little attention to God, apparently forgetting the true purpose of the holiday. So I love this traditional Thanksgiving hymn that reminds me of the Puritans and their desire to praise God.