Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Early-colonial thanksgiving customs and foods

© 2015 Christy K Robinson

Have you wondered how your early American ancestors celebrated Thanksgiving customs, and what foods they feasted upon? Check out these articles and books for some vivid details! (Click the colored links to read the articles.)  Reading these articles to your Thanksgiving guests could be a fun activity during the "other" 12-15 hours you're not sitting in front of the traditional feast.

How the English colonists celebrated thanksgiving in Massachusetts Bay Colony 

Thanksgiving in New England--no parties or football 

Shine on, harvest moon 

The weed our ancestors ate in tough times

Heart-stopping meals of colonial New England: Recipes you can try 

How rodents carried out the will of God: the mouse that ate the Book of Common Prayer

How To Make 17th-Century Delights: Whipp'd Syllabub (a frothy cocktail)

Shedding Light on the First Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation

The true story behind Thanksgiving is a bloody struggle that decimated the population and ended with a head on a stick

The late Carolina Capehart was a historic culinarian. Read her Thanksgiving articles here: 

For a first-hand description of thanksgiving days held in Boston and Salem in the 1630s and 1640s, read it in Mary Dyer Illuminated, by Christy K Robinson. It's Volume I of the two-part story of William and Mary Dyer. The Dyers series, which has won almost unanimous five-star reviews, is available in paperback and Kindle at online booksellers like Amazon.  
Be sure to order the series for yourself, and as gifts for friends and family members. 

Christy K Robinson is author of these books:
Mary Dyer Illuminated Vol. 1 (2013)  
Effigy Hunter (2015)  

And of these sites:  
Discovering Love  (inspiration and service)
Rooting for Ancestors  (history and genealogy)
William and Mary Barrett Dyer (17th century culture and history of England and New England)
Editornado [ed•i•tohr•NAY•doh] (Words. Communications. Book reviews. Cartoons.)

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