A Thanksgiving Tradition….Just 5 Kernels Of Corn

A Thanksgiving Tradition….Just 5 Kernels Of Corn

There is a legend out there that I came across several years ago, THE LEGEND OF THE FIVE CORN KERNELS. It is a fun and simple Thanksgiving Tradition that your family will love.

Family traditions are huge to me. My family loves to talk about all the traditions when they were growing up. It makes my heart so happy when my family carries them on as they have gotten married and had children of their own.

A tradition is doing something over and over again with a particular group of people, in the same way and at the same time. What are some of your traditions when the holidays come around at your house? The years sure go by fast.

The legend goes that in 1623, two years after the first Thanksgiving, there was a drought which led to a famine for the pilgrims.  William Bradford was the leader of the colony.  He said their situation was similar to the Romans who were said to survive on a ration of five kernels of corn.

They were not entirely without food, but were slowly starving to the lack of grain. Bradford said that they would have considered five kernels of corn (or maize) as good as a feast! From then on, the legend says that they celebrated Thanksgiving by beginning their fest with five kernels of corn on their plate. 

Use the Legend of the Five Kernels to teach your family all about gratitude and the meaning behind Thanksgiving this year. You may view eating corn at Thanksgiving a bit differently.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!