This Is Trixie. We got her on 11/22/00. The day before Thanksgiving, She is one of the thing's we are thankful for, So puttng her on the Thanksgiving page is perfect.
It seems that every year we are treated to articles attempting to disprove the "myth of Thanksgiving." In these articles we are told that:
the Pilgrims weren't the first people in America to hold a thanksgiving
that the first thanksgiving had no religious significance at all, but was merely a harvest festival
that our traditional Thanksgiving dinner has nothing in common with the Pilgrim's meal
My Recipe for Candied Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients: 2 lbs. sweet potatoes or yams (about 6 medium), 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 3 TBSP margarine or butter, 3 TBSP water, 1/2 tsp salt.
Wash the potatoes, but do not pare. Heat enough salted water to cover the potatoes to boiling. Add potatoes. Cover and heat to boiling. Cook until tender (about 30 to 35 min.); drain. Slip off skins. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. (If you prefer, you can cook the potatoes in the microwave according to the manufacturer's directions.)
Mix the brown sugar, margarine, water, and salt in a skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add sweet potato slices; stir gently until glazed and heated through. Makes about 6 servings.
Okay, it wasn't the Pilgrims and it didn't involve feasting. But the first thanksgiving observance in America was entirely religious. On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation in what is now Charles City, Virginia. The group's charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God. Captain John Woodleaf held the service of thanksgiving. Here is the section of the Charter of Berkley Plantation which specifies the thanksgiving service:
PRAISE Him with Thanksgiving.
"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and makea joyful noise unto Him with psalms." Psalm 95:2
PRAY with Thanksgiving.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6
WORSHIP with Thanksgiving.
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
WITNESS with Thanksgiving
"That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving , and tell of all thy wondrous works." Psalm 26:7