happy thanksgiving 🙂
as the name indicates, today is a day for giving thanks; being thankful (appreciative, grateful). and eating a big meal which almost always includes a turkey.
what americans refer to as the first thanksgiving took place (happened) in 1621. members of plymouth colony celebrated, feasted (ate big meals) and gave thanks with members of the wampanoag tribe. the plymouth colonists, often called pilgrims (religious travellers), were english immigrants and the wampanoag helped them survive their first year in america.
the first thanksgiving at plymouth by jennie brownscombe. it was painted in 1914, 300 years after the first thanksgiving. (wikipedia)
in this brief video description of thanksgiving traditions, news anchor katie couric says
maybe one of the things to be thankful for is that we weren’t there for the first thanksgiving
couric’s comment is mostly motivated by the differences between the menu in 1621 and what we consider a traditional thanksgiving dinner today.
turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy (meat sauce) [busyathome.com]
nowadays we chow down on (eat with vigor,enthusiasm) turkey and mashed potatoes. but as couric observes at :35, in 1621
there were no ovens for baking
for is a preposition, it must be followed by the -ing form of the verb bake, baking.
a slice of pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream (eatyourcannabis.com)
because there were no ovens for baking in 1621, pumpkin pie, the standard thanksgiving dinner dessert (sweet dish served at the end of the meal), could not be prepared.
even more surprising, at :17 couric relates
the first turkey day back in 1621 may not have had turkey at all
turkey is such a staple (integral part) of thanksgiving that the holiday is frequently called turkey day. may not have had is a hypothetical phrase (also called third conditional). in reality, nobody is completely sure what the menu was, but at all emphasizes the possibility that there was absolutely no turkey.
the first turkey day might have actually been a partridge day. (hispaniahunting.com)
rather than (instead of) turkey, early settlers might have dined on (eaten) cod (fish), partridge or some other fowl (bird), deer, or most surprisingly seal at the first thanksgiving.
nobody would think it was cool if u served seal for thanksgiving dinner today. (wikipedia)
at :30 couric calls the english immigrants who established themselves in plymouth settlers, a name that is often used to describe europeans who arrived to live permanently in america during colonial times. the action settle has many other applications.
tom turkey, a famous float in the macy’s parade (everythingnyc)
finally, couric mentions two other popular thanksgiving activities that were not part of the 1621 celebration: parades (a public celebration in the form of a march) and football (the american version, not soccer).
the baltimore ravens and pittsburgh steelers were scheduled to play a football game on thanksgiving night this year, but it was rescheduled due to covid issues. (espn)
in addition, listen for examples of the has got structure (:05) and settler (:32) that appear elsewhere on richyrocks.com. finally, at the hands of (:31 ) indicates that european settlers were responsible for the genocide of native americans.
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