Corbin Dow, Staff Writer

What comes to mind when you think of thanksgiving? A Golden turkey sitting on the beautiful table, with all those luscious side dishes just waiting to be eaten? Or maybe just a fat bucket of KFC with all that finger-lickin good?` Thanksgiving may be America’s most beloved national holiday, but its history is all over the place. The best account we have is a letter from English settler Edward Winslow that never mentions the word “Thanksgiving,” but tells of a weeklong harvest celebration that included a three-day celebration with King Massasoit and 90 Wampanoag men “so we might after a more special manner rejoice together.” Back then when they had the first thanksgiving, of course you know they had their KFC, and they could run to the local Walmart to get their turkey as big as a child. Of course they Didn’t! The Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth probably had little in common with today’s traditional holiday spread. Although turkeys were indigenous, there’s no record of a big, roasted bird at the feast. The Wampanoag brought deer and there would have been lots of local seafood (mussels, lobster, bass) plus the fruits of the first pilgrim harvest, including pumpkin. No mashed potatoes, though. Potatoes had only been recently shipped back to Europe from South America. The stereotype of turkeys for thanksgiving actually started fairly recently. Well, actually, about a hundred years ago in 1863. William Bradford wrote to England about them hunting wild turkeys in the spring, and how they were delicious. Turkey became the main food on thanksgiving after Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863.  Pumpkin pie, however, has been around since the very beginning, and is still loved today. Thanksgiving is all about the food, family, and of course, football. The three F’s of thanksgiving. The three things that all Americans truly love.. So, on this thanksgiving, enjoy your food, your family and football. Oh, and be sure to give thanks on this Hungry-holiday!!