Thanksgiving Feast

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the United States and Canada. It is a day of giving thanks to the harvest. In the U.S it is the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada it is the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions. In the U.S, the modern story of how Thanksgiving started is commonly traced back to Plymouth. “The story goes that in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November,” (National Geographics).

Modern Thanksgiving

Turkey, a Thanksgiving food has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been an offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Original Thanksgiving

  • onions
  • five deer
  • beans
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • corn
  • blueberries
  • plums
  • grapes
  • gooseberries
  • raspberries
  • cranberries
  • lobster
  • bass,
  • clams & oysters

Modern Thanksgiving

  • stuffing
  • turkey
  • gravy
  • sweet potatoes
  • cornbread
  • mashed potatoes
  • cranberry sauce
  • ham
  • green beans