“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” -William Blake

Hello everyone! I apologize for going MIA for two weeks, I was busy helping my friend, the one who was hit by a car. She is doing well and she’s at home with her family. She has a new brace that allows her to bend her knee and it helps her get around. This is not what this post is going to be about, though.

Thanksgiving is coming up, so this is my topic today. First, many people don’t know when or why Thanksgiving started. I went to Google to get more information so that I can correctly inform anyone else. I don’t claim to know all about it but I did know a few things. Google directed me to the Channel’s site, to see it, visit here. But, here is a small excerpt from the site:

“In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations”

The site goes on to discuss when Thanksgiving became an official holiday until almost 200 years later. That’s a long time but it has been changing since then, into what it is today. From what was eaten in 1621 to now and the reason is was celebrated vs. why we celebrate it today.

They menu in 1621 did not include turkey or cranberry sauce nor did it have pies. Instead they had venison (deer), corn, fowl, and barley. Today, many households do have turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, potatoes (sweet and mashed), various pies, as well as other food choices. In 1621, the reason Thanksgiving was celebrated was because the pilgrims wanted to celebrate their first successful harvest in the Americas. They then decided to invite the Native Americans to join in the three day festivities. Today, however, we typically associate Thanksgiving as a day to spend with friends and family as well as think about all that we are thankful for.

Every family has their own traditions, my family’s traditions are slightly different than my husband’s family’s traditions and I’m sure our future family traditions will combine both as well as new traditions. Traditions also differ depending on what area in the United States you live in. If you are in the south, you have more southern food but if you go further north or west, you get a different menu.

What are your family traditions? What is your favorite thing to eat during the festivities? Comment below to share. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you! Enjoy your time with those you love.

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