How different now Thanksgiving Day
Than in the year 1621
Held that time between Sept and Nov.
Was the date when it was begun.
Thanksgiving would last three days
An English Harvest Festival was planned
Always giving thanks
For freedom of worship in their land.
Their guests were the Wampanoags
Who were Native North Americans
They had been kind to the settlers
And now were included in Thanksgiving plans.
They didn’t sit down on fine furniture
Made later, after arriving there
Black and white was usually worn on Sunday
Colorful clothes were the weekly wear.
Their tables were not set with fine china
Forks, they didn‘t include
They did use spoons and knives
With large white napkins to pick up hot food.
They used lots of spices
There was salt on the table to share
However, pepper was only used for cooking
Salt and pepper were never a pair.
On their table Thanksgiving Day
Typical food you might see
Wild turkey, plums, grapes or nuts
Also lobster perhaps there’d be.
Their sugar had now dwindled
There’d be no bread, pie or cake
At this time there were no ovens
In which to cook or bake.
Their goal was to find a place
Free to worship – land of the free
Their goal was reached and given to us
With the hope that it would always be.
By Katie Poppins
For SR Citizens News