Modern Thanksgiving dinners differ
from the 1621 table, but gratefulness has not changed
November 17, 2008 | As Thanksgiving nears, our stomachs
growl as we imagine sinking our teeth into our Thanksgiving
turkeys, the stuffing, our pumpkin pies and of course,
mashed potatoes. Most of us may think that the pilgrims
ate turkey with the Indians that first Thanksgiving,
but we have been misled. Thanks to History.com
we can now learn the truth about this exciting American
Our first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies
was in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag
Indians shared an autumn harvest feast together. The
meal became a symbol of cooperation and interaction
between the English colonists and the Native Americans.
Thanksgiving was created so we would always have a
tradition of celebrating the harvest and so we could
always remember to give thanks for a successful bounty
of crops. This tradition has continued for centuries
and people throughout the United States gather with
family and this specific day to offer thanks and enjoy
enormous amounts of food.
Historians aren't completely certain what topped the
table at the first harvest, "but it's safe to say the
pilgrims weren't gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing
with their mashed potatoes," according to History.com.
Two items that were for sure on the menu were venison
and wild fowl. Several items that were not on the menu
include ham, potatoes, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce,
pumpkin pie, chicken, eggs, or milk. You may be surprised
what may have been on the table, such as lobster, eel,
eagle and seal.
Another interesting fact is that the pilgrims didn't
use forks; they ate only with spoons, knives and their
fingers. Also, the best food provided at the harvest
was placed next to the most important people. If you
didn't have a lot of prestige you weren't allowed the
Many things have changed from the old Thanksgiving
to modern day Thanksgivings. We are blessed with many
foods that the pilgrims were not able to have. We also
are blessed with luxuries such as a refrigerator or
freezer so our leftovers don't spoil hours after our
dinners. We also don't have to have the most prestige
in the family to get a piece of pie.
Basically, we all have a lot to be thankful for and
as Thanksgiving nears I hope we can all realize how
blessed we truly are and I hope you can all enjoy Thanksgiving
as much as I will. Bring on the turkey!