21 November 2005

Thanksgiving & the Holidays

Here in the U.S. we are entering what is called the Holiday season. In fact we have already entered it since Halloween, but that is a minor technicality. The fact of the matter is that Thanksgiving is the real start of the holiday spirit. The history of Thanksgiving goes back to the days of the pioneers who inhabited the new world, warring with the local indians. In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast and that is generally believed to be the first thanksgiving feast.
In simple terms it is a true harvest festival as celebrated in all parts of the world. A time for all family to get together for a lavish dinner, music and drinking. The spotlight of the modern thanksgiving is the turkey roast. I am partial to turkey actually, but the pumpkin pie and the sweet potato casserole are very yummy. A good spread for a thanksgiving dinner usually includes all of the above stuff.

But the best deals this season are the extra long weekends. Four days of bitter cold and almost freezing east coast holidays... brrrrr. 20° Fahrenheit is the beginning of the slide.

For you East Indian buffs, here's an east Indian twist to the thanksgiving dinner. We are planning such a dinner ourselves.

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