The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.

Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.

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Thanksgiving History Information

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now kown as the first Thanksgiving.

IThe History And Tradtions Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Activities For Children

Paper Bag Turkey

Print and Color a Turkey

Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Card

Printable Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzle

Thanksgiving Posters to Color

Thanksgiving Cards to Make

Download and Print Free Thanksgiving Cards at Traditional Wishes

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Fall Pumpkin Luminaria Centerpiece

Pumpkin Centerpieces

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Using Pumpkins and Dried Flowers

Thanksgiving Crafts

Corn Husk Dolls

Necktie Scarecrow

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Autumn Spice Potpourri

Crocheted Turkey

Pinecone Turkey

Autumn Leaves Fridgie To Crochet

Make a Pilgrim Bonnet

Pinecone Napkin Holder

Fall Leaf Topiary To Make

Thanksgiving Downloadables

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Free Thanksgiving and Fall Fonts

Free Printable Native American Paper Dolls

Thanksgiving Backgrounds and Graphics

Thanksgiving Recipes

Cranberry Sauce

Dressing and Stuffing Recipes

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

How To Carve a Turkey

Pumpkin Bread

Luscious Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Pilgram Hat Cupcakes

Cornucopia, pronounced kawr nuh KOH pee uh, is a horn of plenty, a symbol of nature's productivity. According to Greek mythology, it was one of the horns of Amalthaea, the goat who nursed the god Zeus when he was a baby. The horn produced ambrosia and nectar, the food and drink of the gods. In Roman mythology, the cornucopia was the horn of the river god Achelous. The hero Hercules broke off the horn in combat with Achelous, who was fighting in the form of a bull. Water nymphs filled the horn with flowers and fruit and offered it to Copia, the goddess of plenty.

The best way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. Allow one day for every five pounds of turkey. A quicker way is to thaw the turkey in a cold water bath. This will take about 30 minutes per pound. The water should be running, or changed frequently to prevent freezing. You might also use a combination of these methods. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.

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