Yes, that's right, the Pilgrims first landed here and Spaniards taught them how to make tapas. They had a big feast and then they went to find America and had the more famous Thanksgiving Day that everyone knows about. Ok, not really. We get asked every year, why are you putting on a Thanksgiving banquet in Spain? There are several reasons. First of all, we celebrate the feast primarily because of the fact that we are truly thankful to the Lord for all He has done and this is certainly an exclusively American practice. In actuality Thanksgiving goes back farther than the Pilgrims and Indians. The feast has its roots in the Bible. The people of Israel would celebrate the harvest in the Festival of Sukkot (Lev. 23). This then spread to Europe centuries later as a part of Jewish and Christian tradition and the Pilgrims exported it to the U.S. So...Thanksgiving isn't just American after all.
The reason we started celebrating the day with the students at the seminary was because many years ago, one of our professors thought to invite a few students to be a part of the feast at their house. They were overjoyed and said, they had always wanted to be a part of such a special day but always felt they couldn’t because it was an American thing. Ever since we have put on a banquet for all the students to enjoy a part of the American side of Thanksgiving and express their gratitude to God in a special share time we have afterward.
This year Jamie is going to be braving the meal with the help of two students. We are going to be bringing two standalone ovens into our kitchen and she is starting to make the 12 pies this weekend. We are looking at about 60 people attending the meal. And this year we are going to put together a video documentary of how it goes. Be sure to tune in!