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23 Nov 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Exonumia | coinfodder

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Time when we give thanks for our blessings, eat a FEAST in honor of them, plus or minus creating a shopping list for the shopping bonanza ahead. Today, we look at the origins of Thanksgiving and what made it happen.

One day, a ship originally headed for Virginia, on November 19th, 1620, landed at Plymouth Rock in present-day Massachusetts. These people (now known as the pilgrims) were escaping religious persecution in their homeland of England, having bounced back- and- forth from Holland and England. After landing at Plymouth Rock (which I have actually seen; not that impressive), they set up camp.

The winter was brutal that year. Normally sound people decided to settle in Massachusetts, causing the death of many in the winter. Disease was rampant through the colony. Living sucked. To escape religious shaming to get to cold and freezing temperatures didn't seem like a good idea at the time.

The next spring, a Wampanoag named Squanto came along the struggling town and saw the condition. They had allowed them to settle there in the first day due to the fact that they felt that the English would protect the city from rival nations. What appalled them was the farming techniques used by the European's. The techniques that worked in England and Europe didn't work on Cape Cod. The tribe taught the Pilgrim's methods of farming that was better than the European method. One of my favorite methods was using dead fish as fertilizer for plants. Odd, but, it worked really well, and the pilgrims thrived.

As a show of thanks the following November, the settlers had a feast to celebrate the harvest. The Wampanoag came over with 90 Indians to see what the ruckus was. Turned out it was a feast, and the settlers had no way to accommodate for them. So, the tribe went hunting, and after that, was three days of celebration.

The Thanksgiving traditions we know today came from the declaration from President Abe Lincoln in 1863, feeling it would unite the nation, which was dealing with a heavy war.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories? What is your favorite food from the feast? Tell us below. Happy Thanksgiving, fodder.



Level 6

Happy Thanksgiving! Family and great memories of past holidays! The turkey is in the oven ; )

I think the Mint overlooked an opportunity to release thanksgiving coins on thanksgiving rather than the mayflower coins, it would have been a better anniversary.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Great sentiments have already been expressed so let me just add one more. GO Steelers, Beat the Ravens!!!!!!!!!!


Level 6

Family, when we were young.


Level 4

Happy Thanksgiving! I like your blog, it is an amusing spin on a classic story. :) I would have to say my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the family all gathering together, eating, playing UNO, horsing around, and sharing stories about "the old days." I love when we gather in a big circle, and sit down on couches, chairs, or the floor, and listen to my grandparents tell stories about when they grew up, and when their parents grew up, and then hearing all the aunts and uncles tell about their childhoods, and what they remember of the family stories from way-back-when, that their parents and grandparents used to tell them. We can trace our family line back to around 400 AD, so there are a lot of stories, that are thankfully well-remembered and well-chronicled. :) I have a very big family, so I love being with them, and seeing some of the cousins who no one has seen in a long time come home for the holidays. Unfortunately, since we moved away a while ago, we don't normally get to take part in that right now. Especially with COVID. But that makes it all the more special when we do get to be there. :) And I would have to say my favorite Thanksgiving food would either be the mashed potatoes, or the pecan pie cheesecake my mom always makes.


Level 7

Some good infomation. I wrote a blog on this June 11, 2020. Many did not lose there life the first winter . There were only 102 members and 30 deck hands. Now 30 million can trace there ancestry to the total of 132 people. They have a great organization.it's called General Society of May Flower Decendents. G.S.M.D. Known world wide. They went to Leaden first in Holland then to England. . I appreciate your work on the blog. I enjoyed it. To me these days every day should be Thanksgiving. Be safe and be well!!!P.S. On October 3,1863 President Lincoln issued Thanksgiving proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November should be a day of Thanksgiving. Before that it was all over November.


Level 5

Bama's blog reminded me of my most unusual Thanksgiving, we were living in a General Purpose Medium (GP Medium) tent, during a "Real World" deployment (military slang for, hey this is real, not an exercise), it was in the upper 90s days & mid 30s at night. Our Thanksgiving menu selections were Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) in Spaghetti, Turkey or Pork Chop flavors, you did not want a pork chop one, you could lose teeth eating that one. I got the pork chop one, I ate the John Wayne crackers & peanut butter out of it, that's all. Lol! All these years later and the memory is funny, it wasn't then. Good memories, thanks Coinfodder!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I read somewhere that the Mayflower was originally destined for Jamestown and storms took them off course and landed them in Massachusetts. The captain was tired of the lot of them and wouldn't take them down the coast. There was talk of migrating south and hooking up with Jamestown but it was not to be due to the season at hand. My memories are of Grandmother's house we go and then my Aunt's in Massachusetts as a young child Then that year in 1974... I was still in high school.Mom procrastinated on getting a turkey. It was Wednesday and started snowing. Despite my bitter complaints, she would not stop the 20 minutes or so to run in and buy a 🦃. So we had meatloaf, and I have to say I was indignant. Even though we had about 30 inches of snow on the ground by Thanksgiving evening. 46 years later at our Thanksgiving dinner we still talk of that one! I would have been much happier with at least a turkey pot pie, but that is a different story for next year. Thanksgiving is my favorite. It is a time of reflection and gratitude. Times can get hard but taking time to give thanks for our blessings is an important spiritual discipline. Even when things are hard, we can find some inner peace by recognizing that there are blessings around us. Sometimes it's just the littlest thing that makes a difference in our lives


Level 5

Thanksgiving is truly amazing. Nothing beats family and turkey! Cheers, NM


Level 6

I really enjoy Thanksgiving. A great holiday to relax with family and friends.


Level 5

Used to have a huge family get together, even the outcasts were welcome at this time of the year, yeah, we had some of those folks. My grandfather used to take fish too small to eat and plant them next to my grandmothers Rose bushes, worked like a charm, also used coffee grounds lightly spread around the bushes a couple of times a year. My favorite food during the thanksgiving meal was my Grandmother's homemade stuffing, potato mix with homemade gravy. Followed up with homemade Yams and Fresh Baked Apple Pie! Wowser, I've gained weight just typing this. Enjoyed the post. Hope all of you out there have a great Thanksgiving Day! Later!


Level 5

Happy giving of thanks! My favorite food would have to be the potato soup that my aunt makes each year


Level 5

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thanks for sharing.


Level 5

Happy Thanksgiving! What a story about the pilgrims. Amazing people back then. Turkey and stuffing with gravy is delicious. Leftover turkey for sandwiches are a favorite. Pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert. As for memories, its about giving thanks and being with family. We should remember our family who is no longer with us. Show the children what a wonderful day it should be. We take holidays for granted, but we have these days for a reason. Appreciate the reason !

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