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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is the time of year when everyone decides to get together for a big meal, and stuff themselves!! Great huh??? Yep...we did it again this year! It seems as though every year (if we aren't invited somewhere) I decided that I am just going to do a "simple dinner". Just for the family - yeh, right!! You know - it NEVER fails!! I always end up with just as much stuff as if I were feeding 20 people unstead of just us!!! Why do I do that, it easy enough to explain, I simply can't go without all the trimmings!! I LOVE all those little side dishes that you get when everybody brings their "special" recipie!! I couldn't imagine going without mashed potatoes, or pumpkin pie, wait!! What about the sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce???? The rolls, bread, three kinds of veggies, ...and then there are all the "snack foods" that everyone needs before dinner!! But I guess we NEED the leftovers!! Yes, it's a lot of hard work, especialy when the dinner is over so quickly.... but at least I get my whole family to sit down together for a whole meal!!! That in itself is a major feat!!

Here's a little about the history of Thanksgiving....

Thanksgiving is a time when families join together to share in a holiday meal and show their love and respect for each other. The first Thanksgiving was not an exception. This oldest holiday tradition in America began with a feast between Pilgrims and Indians in October, 1621.

Searching for religious freedom and freedom from unfair laws, men and women left England on the Mayflower. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, ready to begin new lives in the New World.

The first year on American soil was a hardship for the Pilgrims. The Indians were friendly and helped the new settlers learn many ways to survive off the land. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrim's governor, William Bradford, decided that a celebration was needed, an occasion to celebrate their new harvest, their new Indian firends, and their happiness of being alive.

Chief Massasoit, Wampanoags leader, and 90 of his men were invited to the first Thanksgiving feast. The celebration lasted for three days.