Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. While cooking methods and table etiquette have changed as the holiday has evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of celebration and overindulgence.

385 Later we are still celebrating this yearly ceremonial feast that was started by the colonists and the Indians. It has changed through the years, other traditions have started and have become common place in association with Thanksgiving. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade being one of them.

I can remember as a kid sitting with my grandparents and watching this parade, waiting ever so anxiously to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus at the end of the parade. You patiently sat and watched the floats, the balloons and all the marching bands, just to get a glimpse of Jolly Old Saint Nick. This is the ceremonial holiday season that also includes Christmas and concludes with new Years Day.

However you spend it, have a safe and happy holiday.

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