Thanksgiving in the USA is celebrated
on the 4th Thursday of November. This day is also considered the official opening of the Christmas season, which
is marked by the appearance of Santa Claus at the tail end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Click
the pic to see it bigger)
Santa Claus and his elves arrive at the climax of the Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade on November 27, 2008. The intersection seen here is 57th and Broadway.
Today's Menus versus What the Pilgrims Had at the First
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the USA usually involves roasting a turkey or a ham-- or both-- and a multitude
of side dishes that varies by region. Regardless of region, though, these side dishes almost always include some
type of stuffing for the turkey; cranberry sauce or compote; pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan and/or mincemeat pie;
candied yams; rice or mashed potatoes with giblet gravy; corn in some fashion and lots of desserts. Click here for more
Prints by Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives have come to
exemplify early Americana in the United States, representing the poignancy of what Americans imagine as simpler
and better times.
Over the River and Through the Wood
~A Traditional Thanksgiving song
"The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day", also known as "Over
the River and Through the Wood", is a Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child. Written originally as a poem,
it appeared in her Flowers for Children, Volume 2,
in 1844. The poem was eventually set to a tune by an unknown author.
In 1609 a group of people fled religious persecution in their native England
for the religious freedom of Holland, where they lived for several years and prospered. But as their children grew,
learning to speak Dutch and becoming attached to the Dutch way of life, these people grew unsettled since they
considered the Dutch frivolous and Dutch ideas a threat to their children's education and morality. Click here for more
Contemporary Accounts of the First Thanksgiving
There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving: First is Edward Winslow's account, which he
wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621. The complete letter was first published in 1622, and is chapter 6 of
Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Click
here for more.