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To help you celebrate Thankgiving, here are a few tidbits from

  • The menu likely included items like cod, eel, clams, lobster, venison, wild turkey, crane, swan, partridge and eagle. It did not include ham, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
  • A tradition of celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest existed for years before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1941. In 1621 Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast, acknowledged as one of the first “Thanksgiving” celebrations; however Native American groups (Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and others) gave thanks for the harvest for centuries prior to the arrival of Europeans in North America.
  • Pilgrims didn’t use forks. They ate with spoons, knives and their fingers.
  • At the meal, people were not served individually. Foods were served onto the table and people took food from the table and ate it. The best food was placed next to the most important people.
  • Meat was the mainstay of the meal.
  • There were no ovens, so no baked goods were available.


In spirit with giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops, I’m thankful for a good sized list of things. High on the list is good health and fitness.


How about you?

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