Musings on Thanksgiving. . .
I just love the traditional Thanksgiving dinner: Roast turkey with stuffing, a sweet potato or winter squash souffle-type side dish (sometimes with yams, sometimes with marshamallow fluff mixed in), cranberry sauce (sometimes cranberry-orange), and then those fantastic desserts which we rarely have during the rest of the year, such as pumpkin pie, and a special tradition in our house thanks to my-husband-the-chef, french chocolate silk pie, and pecan pie as well.
Years ago we also used to make apple pie, in addition to the three aforementioned ones. It's no wonder we gained a little spare tire over the years. . . In their great wisdom, the powers that be of the time, the early Pilgrims, set aside a holiday after their first harvest in 1621, which was
In 1789, President George Washington issued a "National Thanksgiving Proclamation" assigning the day to Thursday, the 26th of November. Later, Abraham Lincoln declared it a Federal holiday on the last Thursday in November, and in the twentieth century, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday in November as the official date of Thanksgiving.