Thanksgiving is near! It’s a day of giving thanks. We all eat turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, and much more. A lot of people eat till they are stuffed.…

Thanksgiving is near! It’s a day of giving thanks. We all eat turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, and much more. A lot of people eat till they are stuffed. I was wondering if people knew the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It is a symbol of cooperation and interaction between the English colonists and the Native Americans. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. At first the feast was made to celebrate the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas also celebrated thanks for their crops long before the arrival of Europeans in North America.   Even though we eat Turkey and pies today that isn’t what the pilgrims ate. They had venison and wild fowl. The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. They wiped their hands on large cloth napkins which they also used to pick up hot morsels of food. Salt was also used for food. In the seventeenth century, a person’s social standing determined what he or she ate. The best food was placed next to the most important people. Times have changed since the beginning of Thanksgiving and less and less people have come to appreciate it.   -Tatiana

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