The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621 with the Natives. The feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Natives and 53 Pilgrims, per a historian. The New England colonists continued this tradition annually known as a day celebrating “thanksgivings”—thanking God for the harvest, and blessings of victory or the end of a drought. Turkey was more abundant than chickens such that Ben Franklin wanted to make turkey the national bird instead of the Eagle. Turkey made its way onto the table over ham or game, with side dishes more known for comfort food such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberries.
Celebrate this year with this tradition and review the past year of blessings and a wonderful harvest as you feast your eyes on the meal on your table and your family around you.