|"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" by Jennie A. Brownscombe|
The indigineous people helped the Europeans to survive that first year. Pilgrims was the name given to a group of Separatists that had fled religious persecution in England to Holland. Concerned about retaining their English identity, they planned a trip in two ships (including the Mayflower) to the New World bringing families and their Calvinist culture and religion to establish a new colony in what is now the state of Massachusetts on the northeast coast of North America.
Other Europeans had held annual "Thanksgiving" celebrations in the New World, including the Spaniards and the Jamestown settlement in the Colony of Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, proclaimed it to be a National Holiday.
For our family, we cook a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, invite family and friends, and enjoy a football game or two. This year, we had the following Menu:
|Ron getting ready to carve the turkey|
|16 pounds of turkey done perfectly with herb butter and stuffed with cornbread dressing|
|Mary stirring the Glazed Carrots|
|Our neighbor, Cathy, shared the day with us|
|Matt and Mary|
|Malcolm and Amanda|
|Jack, the pug|
|Tinker is Amanda and Malcolm's newest family member|
Thanksgiving came early this year. Usually, it falls the last Thursday of November. It marks the beginning of the Winter Holiday Season. Retailers in our country got the jump early on the holiday gift shopping frenzy that Americans embark upon beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Today is "Small Business Shopping Day" where Americans are encouraged to shop at small and local businesses. Let's hope that the economic climate improves rapidly for everyone!