Although I am English, born in London and raised in Kent, I spent 28 years in the States from 1966 til 1993. I like to think of myself as a Trans Atlantic person, and indeed have celebrated 27 Thanksgivings in the States….and so it’s as much a part of my DNA as any British holiday.
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks to a successful harvest.
The first Thanksgiving dinner was given by the Pilgrims to share with Native Americans. It was to show appreciation to the Native Americans who had introduced the near starving pilgrims to the bounties of their new country. To this day a traditional Thanksgiving dinner has the foods that were eaten during that first meal.
Corn (corn bread) – cranberries, small wild onions, wild turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin
I thought I would share some famous Thanksgiving paintings with you.
The First Thanksgiving – Jean Leon Gerome Ferris – 1863-1939
Over Indulgence – A spoiled Thanksgiving – Alice Barber Stephen 1896 – Harpers Weekly cover.
Freedom from Want – Normal Rockwell – 1943 Saturday Evening Post.
Thanksgiving Blues – Norman Rockwell’s WWII painting showing an exhausted military cook making Thanksgiving dinner for the troops – Post cover 1942
And last but not least….Walt Disney’s Thanksgiving Dinner:)
I hope that all my friends and family in the States have a wonderful day filled with gratitude and love.