Edited by Gerald Boerner
Today is the day, Thanksgiving Day, when we look forward to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Football games, and, of course the big Turkey Dinner. Most people will feast on roast turkey, all the side dishes, and holiday pies. We will spend hours (or days) getting ready to cook this feast. In some cases, both turkey and ham will be served, but it is generally a day for “pigging out” to the regret of our diets. We will load up on carbs, tryptophan, and good times with family and friends.
I fondly remember the large Thanksgiving gatherings at my grandmother’s house as I was growing up. There was my grandmother, our family and my uncles and their families, of course. In the early years that I can remember, there would also be my grandmother’s relative from Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, and other places around the greater LA area. (The picture below is not my family, but represents the concept.)
But let us not forget the origin of this celebration — the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony. Yes, we have idealized that first Thanksgiving. And, Yes, they probably did not gather with the local Indians as their guests. And, Yes, the eating fare was probably not what is commonly assumed. Those were tough times. Only a portion of the original 102 Pilgrims that boarded the Mayflower in Plymouth, England, survived the voyage and that first year on shore. Things were tough. They had survived only through the largess of the Indians; they were joined by the Indians, probably by accident. But it makes an inspiring story and should let us view the tough times that we are facing in the present economic downturn with courage.
But, let’s get started exploring the Thanksgiving Dinner with an eye to those first settlers in New England… GLB
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Quotations Related to Thanksgiving:
“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”
— W.J. Cameron
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”
— Robert Caspar Lintner
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
— Irv Kupcinet