Random and Pointless
Thanksgiving. The one day each year when friends and family get together to eat way too much, and give thanks for everything, after the tradition of our pilgrim founders.
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. Although I’m not big football fan (say whaa!?), I still feast with family. And every once in a while I write random, pointless blogs like this one.
“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”
Leave it to wars to start traditions, huh?
“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.”
Wow. I’m all for changing tradition in many cases, but in this case I don’t think I would mind a bit if we started using traditional Native American spices in Thanksgiving dishes! And if we really wanted to do a real Thanksgiving meal in the tradition of our pilgrim founders, we wouldn’t have any pumpkin or pecan pie. I don’t know too many people who would opt for that. It would make everyone’s gut a lot healthier without all that sugar, though!
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? Have you ever broken away from those traditions to do something of your own? Do you have any specific memories from Thanksgiving? Comment and let me know!