Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 23, 2009

Loretta reports:

Over the next few days, like many of our U.S. readers, Susan & I will be getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unlike most of you, in between the cooking and eating we'll also be working on the revisions of our books. That's why we're taking a Thanksgiving break from the blog.

Meanwhile, I humbly suggest you stop by Plimoth Plantation. The visit, physical or online, may help recharge your Thanksgiving batteries. You can find out what the English settlers were thankful for and what they ate at that gathering in 1621, and many other interesting things, including the fact that no, they didn't look like the Pilgrims you think you knew.

Here's Winslow's description (in modern English) of what happened:

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after have a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week, at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.

Here you can find out what he might have sounded like.

If you're feeling especially nerdy, you might want to tackle Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation.

We'll return to our regularly scheduled blogging next Monday, when you can expect more weird and wonderful historical nerdiness.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Vanessa Kelly said...

Happy Thanksgiving, TNHG! I'm very thankful that you two gals started this blog, and write such awesome books.

Good luck with the revisions!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Happy T-day, NHGs and fellow followers all NHG things weird and wonderful.

I've got to share that my foremost obsessions as a NHchild were Pilgrims (not "Roundheads," but a more commercialized, secularized version) and Plimoth Plantation). My family took a single "big family vacation" while I was growing up, and it was to get their only (baby)girl to PP and New England. Of course, Priscilla and John Alden lived large in my youthful romantic fantasies. I realize my impressions of the Pilgrims/"Indians" sitch was pretty scrubbed up. but the whole thing still lives in my heart as the "story" that turned me on to loving history and the study of it. Grazie, NHGs! Happy writing and feasting!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Happy Turkey or Tofurkey Day!

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there, too. We are mightily thankful to have you as readers!

Michelle, I have to admit that when I first was taken to Plimoth Plantation as a child, I was completely freaked by how completely the interpreters stayed in their characters. Since everything is a replica, visitors were invited to poke around in the houses as much as we wished -- but no one had prepared this particular hapless kid-visitor for the stern Pilgrim lady who suddenly appeared, demanding to know what I wished of her house. *g* I overcame the trauma to return, and have enjoyed it much more. As you say, it's another well-done NHG paradise.

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