Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

In early autumn of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their successful harvest, as was the English custom. During this time,

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, Many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

From this we know that the feast went on for three days, included ninety Indians, and food was plentiful. In addition, to the venison provided by the Indians, there was enough wild fowl to supply the village for a week. The fowl would have included ducks, geese, turkeys and even swans.
Martha Stewart Tablesetting

Some Fun Facts About Thanksgiving:
  • President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
  • The State of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping longer and thus stimulate the economy of the state.
  • Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

This is supposedly an ancient (1600's) recipe you might enjoy. It is a wheat pudding on the order of an Indian Pudding [just sounds like a lot of work to me]:


Ingredients1 cup cracked wheat
1/8 tsp. ground mace
1 quart milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt additional brown sugar

Directions:In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the wheat. Lower heat to simmer, cover, and continue to cook for 1/2 hour, or until, soft. Drain off all the water and add the milk, cream, salt, mace, cinnamon and sugar. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed (20 to 30 minutes). In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and slowly stir 1/2 cup of the wheat mixture into the yolks. Then stir the yolk mixture into the pot, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve sprinkled with brown sugar.

I hope that everyone out there in Blog Land has a blessed day and that you’re surrounded by lots of loved ones.
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

♥ ∞


Marie Reed said...

Boy oh boy! Martha has it going ob with those mini mayflower's!

Iva said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I just wrote The First Thanksgiving - a skit for my special ed kids at school. Sugar was very expensive at the time and they didn't have a way to actually bake, so pies (one of the staples of our tables today) probably did not grace their tables.

Also, Ms. Hale, I read somewhere was basically the 'first' Martha Stewart - LOL. She was quite the character.

There is so much to be learned...we really don't know a whole lot but we can more or less guess - chances are, lobster and mussels were on the menu as well since, well, they were in the Cape.

Blessings to you and yours :)

Devoted said...

Thanks for the turkey day trivia! I'll be using them in a few hours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and God bless.

The Texican said...

I know we'll have leftovers for at least three days, but we can't outdo the Pilgrims. Thanks for the history. Always good to review. Hope Y'all have the best Thanksgiving Day ever. Pappy

Linda said...

Happy Thanksgiving. The History Channel had a special about Thanksgiving last night alot of it I did not know. Have a blessed day!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice post and interesting facts about our holiday celebration. May our gracious and loving God bless you and yours in a mighty way this Thanksgiving Day.