The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days and contrary to popular belief, there was no turkey present. Man oh man, I hate being the one to dispel this long-held myth--but hey, it's time the truth be told.
Now here's where the story gets strange. They mostly ate with their hands for they had no forks. Every last bite of food was set on a long table and people ate only what sat in front of them. Nothing was passed around the table. The best food was put in front of the most important people and guess who waited on everyone? The kids. How's that for a shocker?
So what do you suppose those pilgrims ate if there was no turkey? History records they consumed fish, seafood, goose, duck, partridge, venison, Indian corn, barley, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, plums, and other wild fruits, walnuts, chestnuts, and peas, squash, and beans. Seasonings consisted of onion, and assorted wild plants with strange names. Not the things in my spice rack, that's for sure.
If I had faced near starvation, I would have been grateful for that food and eaten every morsel. Yet somewhere down through history, obviously when times got better, somebody tweaked the menu. Good thing too. Otherwise we'd be calling the last Thursday in November "Duck Day" or "Fish Day" or "Goose Day." Doesn't have the same ring as Turkey Day. Right?
The only native trees sporting apples were crab apples, and nearly everyone knows you can't make a pie from something the size of a quarter. As for the pumpkin, the only thing the Pilgrims knew to do was hollow it out, fill it with milk, honey, and spices and set it in the hot ashes to cook.
May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
My love to you all,
"O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come."
Psalms 71: 17,18