Alternative Thanksgiving

Some people believe that the Wampanoag Tribe – the Native American Tribe indigenous to Cape Cod – was the first to celebrate what we refer to as Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621. But according to tribal elders, the Wampanoags had a tradition of giving thanks every day for all the bounty they were given.

Present day Cape Codders look forward to this annual holiday getting together with family, watching football, and eating a ton of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. But some locals are just grateful for a day to slow down and enjoy an alternative activity on the day of giving thanks.

If you are looking forward to celebrating the harvest festival in a different way this year, you can start your day being grateful for your breath with a yoga class taught by Mary Catherine Starr at Power Yoga of Cape Cod Dennisport, or go for a run along the beach or take a hike in one of the many conservation lands and give thanks for this beautiful place we inhabit.

Later on, meet up with friends and catch an independent movie at Cape Cinema, or go bowling at The Lanes in Mashpee or the Orleans Bowling Center.

Or simply dine out with friends at one of the many local eateries that remain open on Thanksgiving Day such as the Brazilian Grill, one of the Bangkok Cuisines across Cape Cod, or the Golden Swan in Falmouth.

Regardless of what you decide to do, consider following the example of the Wampanoag Tribe, and begin a daily practice of being thankful for the beauty the Cape provides us every day and show gratitude for yourself and the people in your life – it will strengthen our community and make you a much happier person.

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