The USA celebrates Thanksgiving Day

by Neeks

Hi all!

Here is a little collaboration post from LimebirdNeeks and LimebirdLaura all about Thanksgiving! 🙂

Today is  Thanksgiving Day here in the good old USA.  Many cultures around the world gather to bless and be thankful for the bounty of the harvest, our holiday is on the 4th Thursday in November each year.  For many of us it is a time of family gatherings, huge feasts, work holidays and of course it officially ushers in Hanukkah and the Christmas season with Kwanzaa  soon to follow.

You may not know that the first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for 3 days.  Very likely venison, chicken and seafood  were the meats on hand.  Squash, onions, leeks, dried fruits, honey, maple syrup, nuts, salad vegetables and goat cheese were probably on the menu as well.  They did not have pumpkin pies, potatoes or cranberry sauce as many of our tables will.  I’m not even sure they had a turkey.   Did you know that they didn’t use forks?  They ate with knives, spoons and with their fingers.

A bit of presidential silliness here; in 1989 President George H.W. Bush officially pardoned a turkey for the first time.  Some say the practice actually began when Lincoln pardoned his son Tad’s pet turkey, and others may argue that Harry Truman did it first in 1947 (although there is no evidence of that).  Regardless of how it started, a turkey (and its alternate!) have been given reprieve each year by the current president.  Lucky birds.

When coming together to eat and have fun with family and friends this year, please remember the less fortunate in our society.  It would mean the world for you to adopt a senior for a day from a nursing home to share your Thanksgiving Dinner with.  Leftovers?  Box them up and take them to the homeless along with a big pot of soup.  There are many ways we can give of ourselves, not all of them require money.  Most of all be careful if driving, be blessed in your endeavors and let us all give thanks. ~ LimebirdNeeks

—————–I love this time of the year! In my neck of the woods the air gets crisp and frosty – the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with a thick blanket and good book! People seem to get a little more friendly out in public. The holiday season is officially upon us, whether we want to admit it or not.
As a kid, Thanksgiving day consisted of my mom rolling us out of bed way too early in my eyes, but way too late for us to make it to my grandparent’s house on time. We would always be running late to their house, but I would arrive prepared to help Memaw in any way possible. My Memaw is an amazing cook, and I wish the smell of her house on Thanksgiving day could be bottled as a Febreeze limited edition holiday spray. She taught me how to make her famous Chess Pie (and the chocolate Chess Pie as well!) So even if I can’t make it to her house for Thanksgiving anymore, I will always have her pie.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a big kid at heart, but nothing compares to Thanksgiving and this time of the year. We don’t think about the things we’re thankful for nearly enough, but today I’m thankful for the turkey my husband is going to do his magic hoodoo voodoo cooking on, that nice warm blankey I got last Christmas, these really snuggy PJs that keep me cozy, my Memaw’s Chess Pie, a library bag full of books, shoes that don’t have holes in them so I can walk to the librarycomfortably and get more bags full of books, peppermint coffee creamer, pumpkin egg nog, and all my fellow Limebird Writers and all you Limebird readers out there!
Whether you’re here in the States celebrating Thanksgiving or out there in our great wide world, I hope you’ll all take a moment to think about what is making you thankful on this day.  ~ LimebirdLaura
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15 Comments to “The USA celebrates Thanksgiving Day”

  1. Nice job Limebird ladies!

  2. Thank you Sue, we’re getting ready to eat at my house, I’m finishing up the stuffing and making some deviled eggs right now. Thanks for stopping in, and my best to everyone!

  3. A hot time at the dinner table tonight! 😛 Happy Thanksgiving and delicious bird an pies all.

    I live in Canada. We celebrate Thanksgiving the second Monday in October. Have a good one. If you have any leftovers, I’m willing to take it off your hands. 😀

  4. Nice look at the day and remembrances…. hope yours was a Happy one!

  5. If anyone is interested in why Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the U.S., you don’t have to look any further than heylookawriterfellow’s blog: http://mikeallegra.com/my-book/

    He’s written a wonderful children’s book about the amazing woman who petitioned several U.S. presidents to make Thanksgiving a day one where we give thanks for the people we have in our lives. I’ve read it to many kids at our school, and it’s fantastic to see the discussion turn from the traditional thoughts about Thanksgiving to ones that highlight the strength and determination of women and the evolution of women’s rights. I highly recommend the book!

    • That sounds like a very interesting read. I’m glad you stopped by, and thanks for the info!

      • I think the pardoning of the turkey was fitting for Bush. Obama, on the other hand, has said that it is his least favorite part of White House “tradition.” To me, it trivializes the process and role of pardon by the president. I do have a sense of humor, but I think this would be one tradition that we could do without.

        Our TG has lasted for four days, now, with leftovers mere shadows of the original in the fridge. On Tuesday, we’ll be celebrating Hanukkah at our friends with latkes and sufganiyot. It is definitely our son’s favorite time of year. He can’t wait for our Christmas Eve tree decorating party. It’s kind of like TG where we invite friends who are hanging around San Francisco for the holidays, but we eat tamales from Las Palmas, dip made from a pound of Dungeness crab meat, pumpkin-cranberry bread, and an assortment of other meats and cheeses. Is it any wonder that new year’s resolutions often contain statements about diet and exercise? 😀

      • Oh good point, that. There are always tons of exercise videos and such for the new year. LOL

  6. Thanksgiving-in-the-US is one of those weird holidays. I love it because of what it means for us, but I have so many friends and family overseas who, while they appreciate the sentiment of the holiday, they also get this kind of blank look on their faces when I gush about it. There’s no equivalent in Japan or the Philippines, and my two English friends delight in annual snarky commentary about how the UK is better off without those prudish Pilgrims, anyway. 😀

    No matter what part of the world we’re from or we call home, though, I think everyone can relate to the idea of family, caring, and sharing that’s become so much of the reason why I love this holiday. Sure, I enjoy a great-tasting bird (really, the stuffing!), and I have a favorite pumpkin pie recipe I can’t wait to make every year, but what this particular holiday does so well is remind me of all the simple graces for which I’m so very thankful. That includes all the wonderful friends and learning experiences I’ve come across here at Limebirds! 🙂

  7. Mayumi you’ve captured the sentiments of the holiday beautifully and eloquently. Thank you.

  8. I’m a bit late coming to the thanksgiving table here, but great post ladies, and happy belated thanksgiving to you. I miss thanksgiving from when I lived in the states for a few years. Glad to see Jilanne giving a shout out to Mike Allegra – I have a copy of his thanksgiving book too, it’s great, and I interviewed him on my own blog a few weeks ago – http://vanessa-chapman.com/2013/10/29/mike-and-vanessa-give-thanks-with-pumpkin-pie-and-ballet-tights/

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