Thanksgiving Day dates back to the 17th century, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth, along with some Native Americans held a three-day celebration and a grand feast. The Pilgrims had suffered a lot; many died due to the severe cold and starvation. The next year, the Pilgrims reaped a rich harvest, and they decided to share their bounty. The community feast included many kinds of food -- corn, turkey, venison, fish, pumpkin, peas, onions, plums and nuts.
Most of the food served on the first Thanksgiving has now become the staple for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey took center-stage as the chosen fowl, and pumpkin pie earned its share of the limelight. In this way, Thanksgiving feast became a symbol of American culture.
"What am I grateful for? Aside from my own great life, you mean? I'm just grateful that my wife, and daughter, and dogs are all healthy."
W. J. Cameron
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."
when asked about what he was most thankful about: "Being alive. After heart surgery, you dig that part. Breath, family and friends are just amazing. Just to have a second shot is pretty great!"
"And though I ebb in worth, I'll flow in thanks."
Konrad von Gesner
"Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song."
"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"
Wilbur D. Nesbit
"Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home."
"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
A. W. Tozer
"Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now."
Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
"So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart."
Edward Sandford Martin
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
Ray Stannard Baker
"Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God."
George Bernard Shaw
"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."
Sir John Templeton
"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative, or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness; they draw people."
"When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them."
W. T. Purkiser
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
"Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still, I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night."
Robert Casper Lintner
"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day."
"Turkey, unlike chicken, has very elegant characteristics. It has more of a cache than chicken. Turkey is a delicacy, so it should be presented in such a way."
G. K. Chesterton
"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. "