Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Just because a group of stupid lawless renegades took advantage of a grand jury decision to loot stores and burn others out or to the ground last night should not take away from our celebration of Thanksgiving.

There is no common ground on when our Thanksgiving holiday was first marked.  It is generally assumed that it was the Puritans in Massachusetts who initiated a feast AND A FAST marking a day of thanks for . . . well, I guess, letting them survive in this new and sometimes unforgiving land.

But that was 1621 in the Plymouth Colony.  History tells us that the widespread habit of a Thanksgiving harvest festival did not widely take hold until the 1660's in New England.


It is a day when families gather together . . in modern times . . to overeat, indulge our familial grudges and watch football on humongous television screens.  (For which we are all thankful.)

So it's two days away.  Our frozen turkey (breast) is out on the counter beginning the long thaw.  SWMBO is off today to an earlier than usual lunch with the BRD and then a stop at Trader Joe's to pick up whatever else is needed for our feast.  Somewhere in the next couple of days I have been commissioned to make a pumpkin pie although the "little woman" will make a ginger snap crust for it to reside in.

I don't know about you but I'm already getting hungry.

I'll have more on this subject tomorrow.


Phil Perisich said...

Is this the day we celebrate the first illegal immigrants to America?

Tom Cochrun said...

You have familiarity with Mexico and may know this.
The first Thanksgiving may have been in or near what is now El Paso Texas and in 1598. A young spanish scion of a family with Royal alliances and who had done work for the King of Spain in this New World, launched an expedition in the summer of 1597. They were to travel to a land grant holding the young man earned near what is now El Paso.
They commenced from southern Chihuahua near Santa Barbara (Mx). It was a hellish a go. Drought, flooding, hostiles, near starvation before crossing the Rio Grande. Later after a period of recuperation the young Juan de Onate arranged a feast of thanksgiving. The Spanish provided game, the Indian's provided fish, a mass was said by
Franciscans and apparently a happy event was launched. Historians have said this celebration was one of the significant dates in the history of the American Continent.

It seems the feast we gather is identified with the English, who as you note, gave thanks more than a half century later.

It might be good to apprise your readers that adding something of a southwest, Chihuahuan, or Texan touch would not be overreaching. It would be most appropriate.

betty said...

We do have a lot to be thankful for; glad there is at least one day to remember to be thankful :)


Steve said...

My Modem has been out since last Thursday, got it fixed today. Tomorow is the day. May all have a grand one.

Thérèse said...

Tomorrow is the Day! Let's be thankful to be able to understand it's meaning.

Phil Perisich said...

I love history. Americans tend to forget that Santa Fe was already an established town in New Mexico at the time of the Pilgrims arrival.

Stephen Hayes said...

I wonder how many native Americans believe they'd have been better off if on the first Thanksgiving if they'd eaten the pilgrims. Oh, well. Happy Thanksgiving.