Thanksgiving 2017

Today, most of us in the United States will sit down to a feast of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Sound about right? Ever wonder what the settlers and their native friends had for dinner on the first Thanksgiving?

The Smithsonian Magazine provides some clues. Apparently, there was a very bountiful assortment of goodies for the First Feasters to enjoy, making for quite a three-day repast:

Edward Winslow, an English leader who attended, wrote home to a friend:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others.”

William Bradford, the governor Winslow mentions, also described the autumn of 1621, adding, “And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion.”

Goose, duck, and passenger pigeon were likely the fowl that the hunters brought back for the feast. These birds would be stuffed with onions and herbs or even chestnuts. Besides venison, the inhabitants ate fish, eel, lobster, clams, and mussels. To supplement the meat, there were walnuts, beechnuts, corn, pumpkins, and squash. From their gardens, they gathered turnips, carrots, and garlic. Sounds yummy!

Although not mentioned in the article, common sense would tell us that the feasters may also have enjoyed native fruits like persimmons and elderberries. Pemmican may have been brought by the native guests. Perhaps the settlers had preserved blackberries, blueberries, wild raspberries, and cranberries. Surely they could have rustled up some (Yankee) cornbread, sweetened with honey or maple syrup.

As you sit down to your meal today, think about our forebears and the real meaning of today’s feast:

Remember to give thanks to the Lord for our wonderful country.

May God bless you, your family, and the United States of America.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


62 responses to “Thanksgiving 2017

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.
    You need to listen to this dramatic update about the marines at langley
    published yesterday by the common sense show,

  2. Happy Thanksgiving WTP ~
    Another beautiful and informative Post from Miri. Thank you.
    54 years ago today, Remember JFK… the genesis of our awakening
    for dave m

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to all GobbleGobble!! ❤

  4. I’m starvin’! When’s that bird going to be done?!!!!

  5. Winning!!

    • ~ #winning ….DON’T WTP just LOOOOVE IT! ….^^^^^
      Draining the judicial swamp!
      Woo hoo!! Bump for Trump!!
      So,… much,… WINNING!

      Winning one day at a time! More winning! I want winning for breakfast,
      lunch & dinner. I will never tire of winning. On the other hand…LIBs losing makes each minute even More Delicious.
      Go President Trump…President of ALL the people. Like it or not. !!!

      For this reason alone the Republicans need to retain control of the
      Senate in 2018, RINOs & all. ……


    I did my part. 🙂


    “EXCLUSIVE: ‘American mercenaries are torturing’ Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince – and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down ‘just to send a message’
    Source in Saudi Arabia says American private security contractors are carrying out’interrogations’ on princes and billionaires arrested in crackdown
    Detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and beaten by interrogates, source says
    Among those hung upside down are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor worth at least $7 billion who is being held at Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton
    Arrests were ordered three weeks ago by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
    Source claims mercenaries are from ‘Blackwater’, a claim also made by Lebanese president
    But its successor firm denies it has any operations in Saudi Arabia whatsoever and says its staff abide by U.S. law
    Americans who commit torture abroad can be jailed for up to 20 years …”


    • “The source says the crown prince is desperate to assert his authority through fear and wants to uncover an alleged network of foreign officials who have taken bribes from Saudi princes. …”

      Ruh, roh! 😉

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  10. The first Thanksgiving Feast lasted for three days. Now I know why: It took an additional two days to eat up all the leftovers!

    Happy Second Pie-For-Breakfast Day!



    In the video, Pelosi talks about “due process” for JOHN CONYERS. She calls him an “icon”. Well, what does this prove? That he shouldn’t BE an icon. Right?


    This story makes me want to scream. But not for the obvious reason. No, I’m screaming because a southern woman apparently used a store-bought pie shell. ARGHHHH! I know she’s a working mom, but still … I cringe.

  14. The Obama Shadow Government really, really, really makes me sick. Cordray resigned as of NEXT WEEK. The media report that Trump has chosen his successor so, to be too cute by half, he moves up his resignation so HE can “appoint” someone first to Deputy Director and then to Acting Director. Or so he thinks.

    It’s really very simple, though. One can read the law and it’s plain to me (despite the reasoning of the lawyers) that the POTUS chooses the successor. The deputy, like with posts such as a lieutenant governor, serves as acting official only in the “absence” or “unavailability” of the regular official. Absence or unavailability meaning there IS a director but that person is out of town, in the hospital, etc., NOT that there no longer IS a director. The statute doesn’t talk about vacancy of the office, but of absence or unavailability of a particular person who IS currently the director. One has to be a director and in the position in order to be absent. If a position is empty, that’s different from an absent or unavailable director. They eve point out that the statute is “unusual” in that it doesn’t talk about vacancy but only absence/unavailability of the director. imho, it’s unusual because it was designed that way. BECAUSE this position is so far removed from control of elected authorities (which, btw, the SCOTUS has said is unconstitutional), I believe it was designed to ensure that at least the POTUS chooses successors to the director.

    Besides, since the POTUS appointed a successor to Cordray as soon as he got his resignation, there never was a vacancy for the new, unconfirmed-by-anyone deputy to fill.

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