Is Thanksgiving really about family or is it all about the food? Was turkey even on the menu in 1621?
A harvest feast was first introduced between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag in 1621, which is known as the First Thanksgiving. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced that there will be a Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November
There were roughly 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians that celebrated the First Thanksgiving and the celebration has lasted three days. Historians believe that there were only five women at Thanksgiving as many did not survive the first year in the U.S.
On the first Thanksgiving menu, turkey was not served. Instead, deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were on the menu. They had pumpkins and cranberries but no pumpkin pie or cranberry relish, which is known as a common Thanksgiving food
Sarah Josepha Hale, the lady who wrote: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was the one to convince Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday by writing letters for seventeen years to make it an official holiday because she was the so-called “mother” or “Grandmother” because she started the 36- year campaign of “ a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”
Thanksgiving is a time where many people travel. Over 54 million Americans are expected to travel during this Thanksgiving, which is a 4.8% increase in traveling from last year.
On the first Thanksgiving menu, turkey was not served. Instead, deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were on the menu due to the colonists living so near the water. They had pumpkins and cranberries but no pumpkin pie or cranberry relish, which are both parts of our now traditional Thanksgiving meal known as a common Thanksgiving food.
The colonists hunted turkeys which is why they are apart of the Famous Thanksgiving menu. Today for Thanksgiving is roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.