Photo of Jupiter FloridaEvents in Jupiter Floridawhat to do in Jupiter FloridaPhoto of JupiterJupiter FL Photos
spacer
Home About Jupiter Florida Local Businesses Local Events Jupiter Coupons Real Estate Advertise Site Map Contact Us spacerLoginspacerRegister
spacer
spacer
-- Advertise Here - Click for Details --
spacer
spacer
 Navigation
spacer


Follow Jupiter Daily on Facebook

spacer
 Thanksgiving Feast
spacer

Foods That May Have Been on the Menu

Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
Wild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
Meat: Venison, Seal
Grain: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
Vegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
Fruit: Plums, Grapes
Nuts: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
Herbs and Seasonings: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips

Surprisingly, the following foods, all considered staples of the modern Thanksgiving meal, didn't appear on the pilgrim's first feast table:

What Was Not on the Menu

Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.
Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.
Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
Pumpkin Pie: It's not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it's unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it's possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.


spacer
spacer
 Thanksgiving Shares
spacer
spacer
Happy Fall

Thanksgiving countdown banner


Though it was not called Thanksgiving at the time, what we recognize as the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony along with about 90 Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had suffered through a devastating winter in which nearly half their number died. Without the help of the Indians, all would have perished.

After the first harvest, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer to God. The food, which was eaten outdoors, included corn, geese, turkeys, ducks, eel, clams, leeks, plums, cod, bass, barley, venison and corn bread. The feast lasted 3 days. Though the exact date is unknown, the feast clearly took place in late autumn.

In 1623, a period of drought was answered by colonists with a proclamation of prayer and fasting. This prayer and fasting was changed to another thanksgiving celebration when rains came during the prayers. Later that year, Governor Bradford proclaimed November 29 as a time for pilgrims to gather and "listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings."

Throughout American history, there were many thanksgiving proclamations and celebrations. In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November, in honor of the new United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, the third president, later discontinued it, calling it "a kingly practice."

In 1863, Sarah Joseph Hale, the author of the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb," convinced Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the date she chose the last Thursday in November because of Washington's proclamation. In 1941, it was officially changed to the fourth Thursday in November.

Since Abraham Lincoln's proclamation, it has been a custom that all presidents of the United States make Thanksgiving proclamations every year. One of geowgr W. Busch's proclamations came just two months after the September 11 tragedy. He stated that In thankfulness and humility, we acknowledge, especially now, our dependence on One greater than ourselves.

All of the early Thanksgiving celebrations had one thing in common. The thanksgiving was directed toward God. It did not matter that many had very hard times. The people knew that God was their creator and provider and that all good things ultimately came from Him. It is in this spirit that we bring you the following passages from God's Word:

 

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
--1 Chronicles 16:8

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
-- Psalm 100:4

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
--Psalm 105:1

He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
--Romans 14:6

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
-- 1 Corinthian 15:57

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
--Colossians 3:17

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
--1 Thessalonians 5:18


spacer
 Turkey Raffle
spacer


Congratulations to our winner:

Michelle Moore
Jupiter, FL


Contest Sponsored by:

Cookies in Bloom


spacer
 Largest Pumpkin
spacer

The largest pumpkin ever grown is 1,818.5 pounds.
2011 Record Winner!

We congratulate Jim and Kelsey Bryson from Ormstown, Quebec, Canada. They brought their record breaking 1,818.5 pound giant pumpkin to the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest weigh, on October 15, 2011.


spacer
 Fun Facts
spacer


spacer
 History of First Thanksgiving
spacer


spacer
spacer
Home About Jupiter Florida Local Businesses Local Events Jupiter Coupons Real Estate Advertise Site Map Contact Us spacerLoginspacerRegister
Copyright 2017, Jupiter Florida Guide Online- JupiterDaily.com
spacer
-- Advertise Here - Click for Details --

spacer