November 26, Thanksgiving Day, is a national holiday.
Historically, it’s a day for giving thanks for the harvest of the preceding year. The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. It is said to have lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
Here’s how you might celebrate Thanksgiving in 2014. Start the day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then get together with extended family (hopefully, fewer than the Pilgrims) and enjoy a traditional meal of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and too many family favorites that, hopefully, bring back memories of your grandmothers’ home cooking. (It’s a tradition, by the way, to eat way too much!) In the afternoon, gather around the TV and enjoy an endless parade of college football games. Or even better, take a nap. By evening things have quieted down and for many that meal is the highlight of the day: “leftovers.”
Friday is a huge shopping day, with crazy sales and even crazier crowds. Stores open before dawn. Be brave. Venture out. You only live once! The sales are pretty spectacular. And it’s a chance to work off all that pie!
As we have for the last ninety years, Webster will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. We are so happy that you are living here and that we have the chance to celebrate with you.
When you count your blessings on that day of Thanksgiving, we hope you will think of The Webster and all Charles and Josiah did for us. We certainly will.