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November 21st, 2017 9:13 AM

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Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table—albeit with some updates to pilgrim’s menu.

The first Thanksgiving meal occurred during November 1621 at Plymouth between the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth settlers. The meal was held to celebrate the autumn harvest and was thought to have featured dishes including various types of fowl, venison, vegetables and fruits.  This first celebration feast lasted for three days.   The amount of time it took to prepare is not known, but before the feast Governor William Bradford sent four settlers to hunt fowl, and Massasoit, a leader of the Native Americans who were invited to the feast, sent some of his men to hunt deer.

As of 2014, no records have been found to indicate that turkey was consumed during the first Thanksgiving. There are records of a fowling party sent to catch various birds, but it is unknown what types were caught. A record made by the chronicler Edward Winslow, however, indicates that the Native Americans brought with them five deer for the feast.

 

So, even though we have added some items to the menu, Thanksgiving continues to be a time of joy, giving thanks for all of our many blessings, as we enjoy a dinner with family and friends.  We have an abundance of food in this country that so many others lack, and so while watching that football game, overstuffed with the celebration feast, remember those who are without and truly thank God for what you have.   

 

Allen and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!         

Written by Barbara Doeringer

 


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