Thanksgiving is coming, who’s ready?
I can already feel the post-Thanksgiving slumber starting to build up inside me. Can you? You know how it goes. After eating a generous portion of turkey, and all of the other yummy foods, it’s time to sit back in the recliner, maybe loosen our belts, and take a nap while pretending to watch football.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this coming week I thought we would take the time to briefly look at the history, traditions and some of the yummy foods that accompany the holiday.
History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving did not officially become a national holiday until 1863 when President Lincoln made it an official holiday. Lincoln was convinced bySarah Josepha Hale who campaigned for years to make it an official holiday.
Years earlier, President George Washington added a proclamation to celebrate our blessings as a nation. Subsequently, other Presidents also made proclamations, but it wasn’t until Lincoln made it a national holiday that the country celebrated it as a whole.
The Pilgrims had what many believe the first ever Thanksgiving when they celebrated a harvest festival. The harvest lasted several days and included items such as wild game, seafood, pumpkin and squash.
According to what traditionally is known as “The First Thanksgiving,” the 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony contained turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, andsquash. William Bradford noted that, “besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many.” Many of the foods that were included in the first feast (except, notably, the seafood) have since gone on to become staples of the modern Thanksgiving dinner. (Wikipedia)
Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving with many different traditions. What are some of the traditions your family have?
· Turkey and trimmings
· Football, watch or play
· Making a wish with the turkey wishbone
· Giving Thanks
· The pilgrimage. . . traveling to your Thanksgiving celebration
· Serving to less fortunate
· Black Friday, or at least, preparing for it.
· Turkey Trot Races
Some traditions are more about families. Huffington Post published an article recently on more unusual traditions. Are you looking for more Thanksgiving traditions? You might want to check out these boards onPinterest.
Turkey seems to be the food that our Thanksgiving Days are centered around. What are some of the most popular foods?
According to The Week, the 10 most popular foods include:
· Corn Bread
· Green bean casserole
· Mac and cheese
· Mashed potatoes
· Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Is your favorite Thanksgiving food on that list. By the way, where is the cranberry sauce? How about rolls? Lobster?
Often our favorite foods for Thanksgiving comes down to what part of the country we live. Take dressing, or stuffing.
Butterball has the scoop on which states prefer stuffing vs. dressing. Which do you prefer?
Check out some of the resources on Thanksgiving at the History Channel’s website.