Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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Happy Thanksgiving Thanksgiving
On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans sit down with loved to celebrate Thanksgiving. A day for expressing thanks for all of the wonderful things in our lives, like turkey, mashed potatoes, football, the Macys Day Parade, Grandmas secret stuffing recipe, oh, and our families. Thanksgiving is such an American holiday that prolific short-story writer O. Henry called it the one day that is purely American.

The Origin of Thanksgiving
The origin of Thanksgiving began in 1621 when American colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Wampanoag Indians shared the first Thanksgiving meal. Given some misnomers, we don't think the menu included today's traditional Thanksgiving meal favorites. Thanksgiving historians doubt that there was pumpkin pie (sugar and flour were not available) or mashed potatoes (the Europeans still considered the potato poisonous at this time). Original feast foods that might surprise you were fish, eel, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. The original feast lasted three days and was based on traditional English harvest festivals that usually occurred in England around September 29th. It wasn't until two years later in 1623, after a horrible drought


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