It's Turkey Time Again...
So, What is it.....
something special to all of us. Our families gathering
and putting out more food than at any other holiday. Not only that but
what is prepared is usually made specifically for this harvest time holiday.
Harvest holidays of course are celebrated in all cultures and have been for
all recorded time. biblical, ancient greek, roman. They all laid the groundwork
for our own Thanksgiving and the added American experience of the Native
Americans coming to the aid of the first colonists, helping them survive their
first year, lends an even more dramatic tone to the holiday.
This is, of course, the most famous of American harvest ceremonies, or our
Thanksgiving. By 1621, one year after landing in Plymouth, only half of the
100 pilgrims survived, and it was the Wampanoag Indians who taught the rest
how to plant squash and corn, and what and where to hunt and fish in the New
World. This is not a myth and we know for a fact that the only seeds on the
Mayflower to have survived the voyage were barley.
That fall they harvested the first of their new crops, and in celebration,
Governor Bradford declared a three day feast, much of which has been
Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, so
that we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had
gathered the fruit of our labor. 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 among 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,
- Edward Winslow, a Pilgrim Father, recounting
the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth