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Bill Moist

When I was young, I did not understand my father’s sign that read, “Pray for our troops.” As I grew older, I learned that my father’s serving in Korea with the Indian Head Infantry Division was one of the most challenging times for both of my parents. It wasn’t until 40 years after his discharge that Dad reconnected with his fellow serviceman. Mom never complained about life’s situations, but before she passed, she said being a newly married farm girl living in California while her husband was being trained and deployed was one of life’s greatest challenges. When I was born, my dad wanted to call me David, after his friend David Black, who was killed in Korea next to dad in the battle. However, Mom wanted to call me William. So they compromised: William David. I have tremendous respect and gratitude for people currently serving the military, veterans, and their families.


“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry

In our lifetimes, Thanksgiving hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, you may have modernized the menu and begun posting your family photos to Instagram, but the tried-and-true quartet of family, football, grub, and gratitude has been in place for generations. While it’s easy to take holiday traditions as a given, each one has a fascinating history all its own. Christmas trees, Valentine’s chocolate, and other de rigueur activities often have strange, unexpected origins. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the backstories behind some of the essential Thanksgiving traditions. TURKEY Unlike other items on this list, it’s likely that turkey has been a staple of Thanksgivings since the first Thanksgiving in 1621. At the time, the holiday didn’t even have a name, and it was still more than 200 years away from being officially recognized by Abraham Lincoln. There are only two primary source documents detailing the meal between the Massachusetts colonists and the Wampanoag natives, and one of them mentions the famous Thanksgiving bird explicitly. Plymouth County Governor William Bradford described the menu in his journal “Of Plymouth Plantation,”which is one of the earliest accounts of life in colonial America. “Besides waterfowl,” he wrote, “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” As the colonists moved throughout the continent, they brought turkeys with them. In fact, there was even a specific role, called a “turkey drover,” for the person who would shepherd the birds from one part of the country to another.

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