Thanksgiving 1621: No Cranberry Sauce but a Pretty Nice Party!

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(The first Thanksgiving was all about being good neighbors!)

Hey, PCHSearch&Win fans!

Well, tomorrow’s the big day! Our turkey is still defrosting in the ‘fridge and my sister just called in a panic, saying her supermarket ran out of whole-berry cranberry sauce and could she bring the jellied kind.  For Pete’s sake.

It was a different story back in Plymouth almost 400 years ago! On that chilly first Thanksgiving 1621, the English colonists we call Pilgrims prepared to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.  But there was no ‘fridge, no supermarket, no oven and no can openers for the non-existent cranberry sauce.

So the men went out duck hunting, while the woman stayed home and ground corn into “samp,” a kind of corn-based oatmeal.

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(Duck and oatmeal?! Go for the venison!)

Then, the guests arrived to get the party started!  This would be the Wampanoag with their leader, Massasoit. There wouldn’t have been ANY Thanksgiving — or, perhaps, any Pilgrims— if not for the survival skills taught by the Wampanoags.   And they didn’t arrive at the feast empty handed — throwing a nice haunch of venison on the barbecue.

And this Thanksgiving was B.Y.O.H. (build your own house)! The still-struggling settlers barely had homes themselves, so the visiting Wampanoags rigged up their own shelters.

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(Couch-surfing was a real challenge in 1621!)

Yes, Thanksgiving celebrations have changed a lot since that 15th century “dinner party.” The Pilgrims and their guests would be astounded by the luxuries and comforts we take for granted every day.

One thing has stayed the same, though, all these years later:  the lovely tradition of gathering with folks you care about and giving thanks … for family … for friends …  health — life’s true riches.

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(Thanksgiving 2013 is different … but the spirit is the same!)

And remember: as you get ready for tomorrow, PCHSearch&Win is there for you 24/7, whether you need last-minute gravy-making tips or driving instructions to your cousin’s house.

Now I’m going to turn the holiday table around and ask YOU a question! What’s in your family’s special Thanksgiving “history”?  Any funny stories?  Favorite dishes? Surprise guests? We want to know – so add your comments in the space below!

But most important of all, from “Our House” to yours, have the happiest,

healthiest “turkey day” ever!  We give thanks for good friends like you.

Sincerely,

Marybeth H.

PCH Creative

P.S. Want to find out more about Thanksgiving 1621? You know where to go…PCHSearch&Win!


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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
I hope to win so I can have my wonderful Thanksgiving.

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natasha davis said...

Last thanksgiving. I invited my family over, my boyfriend invited his famil.immediate…. We had an awesome time sometimes I wish I can have more gatherings and everyone expects me to have something cause Im the oldest :-)….i love my family to death and wouldnt trade them for the world……Happy holidays Marybeth. And all pch…..xoxo

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Kanika Loeung said...

Thanksgiving is fun to eat dinner together.

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Aicha laabid said...

Happy think given for every body

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Rochelle jones said...

happy Thanksgiving PCH and God bless you all out there, and PCH when you coming by this way I m cooking

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! Funny things like leaving the pack inside the turkey or hubby trying to help so he makes the gravy and uses powdered sugar instead of flour?? Nawwww! Haha! There usually are surprise guests, my children would always ask at the last moment if … could come over. We have a big meal and aren’t really fancy about it, so pull down the extra glasses and plates and we’re ready for guests. Macys parade is on in the morning and then of course there’s the games on that everyone watches and falls asleep with after the meal. Everyone wakes up and back into the kitchen…. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving, reflect on what you have to be thankful for. :)

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W S said...

Enjoy The Holidays yall

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Sara Dalsing said...

Well I don’t have any funny stories to tell… But one year it was my turn to cook the turkey I thought I had defrosted the turkey long enough in the refrigerator I was 4 month pregnant at the time (sick as dog) and I tried cooking the turkey but apparently I didn’t defrost he turkey long enough…so to make a long story short we didn’t get to eat turkey on thanksgiving that year.
Well I guess I they wouldn’t be trusting me with the turkey duty anymore

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Mike Law said...

How many times do I have to do this to win

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masha watkins said...

happy thanksgiving

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rochelle jones said...

surprise was my son came home for Thanksgiving. funniest thing is that. that my daughter is trying to. bake a cake bless her heart she’s trying

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TERRI COCHRAN said...

all thanks much pch u all r truly sweet kind good 2 people and great happy thanks giving and my all ur blessings me many am thank full hehe ps started coojing and tasting this early but am thankful 4 u all and thanks 4 the chances 2 win cant wait til that day comes but thanks much enjoy ur day and man i still wish i won i want 2 see the macys parade live and the nature museum hope i get 2 see the museum soon but eat well stay warm and have a yum yum day and much much much thanks 2 all of you 4 all u do god bless uall 2

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Maureen Hunt said...

My Thanksgiving if I were to win would be to take my husband who had a hemorrahic stroke in 2011 to the right Dr to be healed But friends have invited us to their home for a Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving To everyone and GOD Bless

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barbara collins said...

hope to win HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO EVERYONE and to DAVE and the pch family .

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timothy j. ruelas said...

Hello all @pchsearch&win it’s me again timothy j. Ruelas …well i did’nt have any candberry sauce because omg all the sweets wow so good i had to pry my way from it funny thing is i can eat & still wont get fate im always on the go maken ends meet i have 4,000 $ saved up now…..thats after i gave my daughter 3,000 for her a new place thats funny sry she justcalled me ….o my lady friend ashley terven from lawton oaklahoma is talken to me again i wonder if she could be the one that could love me & stand by my side we are so far away from each other u never kn what life has instore like my church i may & may not beable to biuld GOD has a plane this front porch outside in the cold sleeping on a couch is getting old as soon as work slow’s down ill have more or the time to hunt down something i need a marical to happen soon im not sure how many time’s i was laiying here & outa no were broke down & started crying being homeless makes u stronger but confused with self controll im so proud that GOD stands by my side in the best & worst time’s of my life the only thing that bothers me are liers cheater’s & not haveing all my kids with me for the holliday’s ive cryed everyone of them & birthday’s some people dont apreceate what they have tell it’s gone .it anger’s them for me i just leave it in GODs hands & in my heart so the crandberry saucelokked realy gd & i should have had some llol blessings all hope n pray i win the 3080 gwy prize a dream to yet come true soon oooooops gots to check laundry great day all love ya

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timothy j. ruelas said...

There was a feast with what they had & a feast big or small they got to eat it all lol jk i bet the wild turkey was cooked under groud so the meat wont be so tuff & gamey

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toni morgan said...

I lpve being with all my family but right now i can’t because they are in M I. .and i can’t save they money because i live month to month and they all miss me very much it makes my heart hurt i hope some day i can go back so we can be all together again on the holidays ..that’s why i pray to the lord to help me win so i can go back and help every one and do so many good thing with my winings as i always say i will leave it in the lord s hands. .god bless every one. .

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Kanika Loeung said...

After we had fun in holiday and then we’re continue to enter PCH and pray to be a winner again.

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delena thomas said...

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Sybil Sokol said...

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Sybil Sokol said...

I have ever won anyhing in my life.( except for my husband who
left me 6 years ago).

9except for my husband!!!)

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Pamela Stephens said...

I went and did some soul searching, spent time with family that I haven’t seen in a very long time! Giving Thanks for my Blessings that I do have, humble myself! :)☆☆☆☆☆♡♡♡♡

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