Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is 
Thursday, November 24th

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged by many people today as the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.
The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie A. Brownscombe

Over the next couple of hundred years, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by the American colonies and states. However it wasn't until 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. The holiday was celebrated on a variety of days until 1941 when President Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
When you bring together your family and friends this Thanksgiving, why not put out your best china, your silverware and a whimsical turkey or two. While it is time for serious thanks, something we all should do, it is also time to look at life a little less seriously. Enjoy the holiday. At Vintages we try to present options for elegance as well as fun ... silver tableware along side a folk art turkey ... a pumpkin created from natural elements next to a delicious home made pumpkin pie.

We have some nice Holiday table decorations available online and in the shop. Our vintage silver offering has some spectacular pieces of sterling and in the shop we also have a nice selection of silver plate serving pieces.

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