For a country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving we really lucked out this year by celebrating twice! Saturday evening we were invited to Amanda and Zeno's house. Giovanni works with Zeno in the International Relations Department for the Mayor. His wife Amanda is from New Jersey and works at the American Consulate. It was a great evening with Great food and games! Amanda was great, she even had made me a birthday cake! I look forward to doing more with them in the upcoming weeks!
Sunday after church we invited the missionaries and the Parisi family over for Thanksgiving. Natalie and I split up the food and everything came out wonderfully!
Thanks to Amanda we learned a little more about the first Thanksgiving. Did you know that the first one was in 1621 one year after the arrival of the Pilgrims, they were celebrated surriving the first winter. Also 91 Indians participated in that first meal? Psalms 100 was read upon their successful arrival! Here it is! I found it very fitting.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he tat hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.