Thanksgiving has evolved since 1621

“The Thanksgiving Feast” by Newell Convers Wyeth

Thanksgiving has evolved since 1621

Most of us think of the Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a feast in thanksgiving for a good harvest in 1621 as we prepare for our own traditions that shape how we celebrate the holiday now.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie are the basic staples for the festive table, and each region of the country has added its own traditional foods to this.

For many families, Thanksgiving weekend is all about football after the big meal, whether watching their favorite teams and rivalries, or heading outside for a friendly game. Some see the weekend as the kick off to holiday shopping, decorating, and baking. Some people even put Thanksgiving in the middle of their Christmas, having already decorated their homes for that next holiday shortly after Halloween.

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