By : Jesse Schechtel
Hello high tides. Let’s talk about the day of giving. The holiday of Thanksgiving usually revolves around an expansive meal for a whole family or just yourself. Typical dishes include bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and, above all, turkey. How did turkey become the centerpiece of this cornucopia of food? It is often assumed that today’s Thanksgiving menu originated in an event commonly referred to as the “First Thanksgiving.” There is indeed indication of a meal shared between Pilgrim settlers at Plymouth colony (in what is now Massachusetts) and local Wampanoag Indians in late 1621. But there is no evidence that turkey was served. For meat, the Wampanoag brought deer, and the Pilgrims provided wild “fowl.” Strictly speaking, that “fowl” could have been turkeys, which were native to the area, but historians think it was probably ducks or geese. What’s more, the Pilgrims do not appear to have considered this meal worthy of special consideration. For the Pilgrims, giving thanks for the autumn harvest wasn’t a new concept. As a tradition with roots in European harvest festivals and Christian religion, “days of thanksgiving” were common among the colonists of New England. Throughout America’s colonial era, communities held their own unofficial Thanksgiving celebrations, and few people associated them with the Plymouth settlers. I bet your asking yourself how many turkeys are slaughtered to satisfy our Yearly celebration? The current death rate for Turkey in 2019 is 5.444 deaths per 1000 people, a 0.85% increase from 2018. What do you say high tides should we change our menu?