Considering we are one day away from this national holiday, a bit of the history of Thanksgiving seemed appropriate. The source for the information today comes from the History Channel.
Were you aware that it was Abraham Lincoln who made Thanksgiving a National Holiday to be celebrated every year?
Turkeys were not on the menu in the first celebrations of thanksgiving by the settlers and their neighbors. The menu consisted of lobsters, swans, and seals for the main course.
It was in 1621, after the first spring the few settlers who survived living on the ship, set about creating a feast and inviting the neighboring Native Americans to join them. The meal consisted of what was available then, not the traditional cakes, pies, and other familiar dishes of today’s feasts. The Native Americans taught the settlers how to survive in this new country, sharing their knowledge of how to grow corn, avoid poisonous plants and to fish the local water ways and ocean.
Can you imagine? There are those individuals today who do not have to imagine a Thanksgiving holiday without the traditional meals many of us favor. The homeless, the war torn, the impoverished, and around the world many who live without holiday meals, let alone any real meal.
Click to watch the video from the History Channel, The History of Thanksgiving.
Today I am grateful for all that I have. Family, friends, a growing business, a roof over my head, medical care, food to eat, clean water to drink, a car that provides me transportation, and all that life holds for me this day and the next.
What about you? What are you grateful for? Share in the comments and join us on our social media pages.