Happy Thanksgiving, JSYK Family!
Today we express our gratitude and celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that's honored on the fourth Thursday of November. You may be watching the Macy's parade or taking in some football with your family and friends, but what we're all looking forward to is the traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings.
But, while the first Thanksgiving dinner in the Plimoth (also known as Plymouth) Colony may have been the inspiration for this beloved meal, it wasn't anything like what we eat today. According to National Geographic, the 1621 feast included deer and wild fowl -- which may have been geese, ducks or turkey -- but it wasn't until the 1800s when domesticated turkeys became the main focus of the dinner.
You may love your cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, but the Pilgrims and Wampanoag American Indians didn't have such sugar-dependent delicasies. Instead they were believed to be noshing on fish, lobster, clams, nuts, pumpkin, squash, carrots, and peas.
"They ate seasonally," Jennifer Monac, spokesperson for the living-history museum Plimoth Plantation, said, "and this was the time of the year when they were really feasting. There were lots of vegetables around, because the harvest had been brought in."
Even sweet potatoes took 150 years after the first Thanksgiving to become a Turkey Day staple. And eating them with marshmallows? Well, that wasn't popularized until the twentieth century.
What's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal? What are you most thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @jsykdotcom with the hashtag #jsykiamthankful4. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! %Poll-56203%