Happy Thanksgiving from the Boatsters Black family!
The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year and might be one of the most wonderful days of the year.
Many Americans consider Thanksgiving to be the quintessentially American holiday, as it marks the beginning of their holiday season, a period that lasts into Christmas and all the way through New Year’s Day. But did you know that numerous other nations celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday, including Canada, Germany, and Japan? It just doesn’t get any better than expressing gratitude for all you have in your life, getting together with your loved ones and stuffing yourself with one, or all, of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Did somebody say pumpkin pie?
Family and friends come together to celebrate
Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the close family and friends you have in your lives. It is no wonder that the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving have been the busiest travel days for U.S. airports, everyone travels home for this holiday. At its heart, the holiday holds a deep sense of gratitude. It is as it sounds, a day to give thanks. Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season – which means it is totally acceptable and even expected to put on the Christmas music while getting everything ready to celebrate the fall harvest!
The history of Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving tradition started in 1621. An English ship, the Mayflower, transported a group of English families, known today as the Pilgrims, from England to the New World in 1620. After a grueling 10 weeks at sea, the Mayflower, with 102 passengers and a crew of about 30 on board, reached America, dropping anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The holiday celebration is most commonly cited to have originated in 1621 in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, with Pilgrims feasting to celebrate their first harvest in the New World, America, and although the holiday is associated with the United States mostly, it is easy to join from all around the world.
The story goes that after the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock on December 11th, 1620, the Pilgrims lost 46 of their original 102 colonists. But, with the help of the local Wampanoag Indians, they learned to care for their crops and survive the cold of their first winter in the New World. The summer of 1621 yielded a bountiful harvest. To celebrate, a traditional English three-day harvest festival was organized to commemorate the event. While there are different historical accounts of the number of natives and pilgrims who actually attended the celebration, the sentiment is that the settlers wanted to show their gratitude to the natives for their help by hosting a large feast.
George Washington was the first American president to call for an official Thanksgiving holiday in 1789, and Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an ongoing federal holiday in 1863. It has been celebrated annually ever since.
As said earlier, Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. Maybe you already have a family tradition in place to celebrate and if not, why not start this year! You can go around the table during dinner and share one thing you have been thankful for in the past year, a perfect way to bring everyone together in a really nice way. Or you can create a gratitude jar, an activity where all your loved ones write down things they are grateful for on pieces of paper and put them in a jar that will be shared with the group around the table or after dinner. Tip: fill the jar with items or quotes that inspire you or remind you of how fortunate you are! And while you have the entire family together, plan your next luxury charter vacation with them!
It’s all about the bird!
A turkey should be front and center at the feast – whether it is roasted, grilled or fried. Is this your first time preparing a turkey dinner? Keep in mind that cooking a turkey usually takes several hours, so be sure to get an early start. Once the turkey is in the oven, you can get started on all those delicious side dishes and that pumpkin pie!
The real key to baking a perfect Thanksgiving turkey is to not overcook it, that is what dries out the meat, and you want to carve into a juicy, moist turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Follow this easy recipe using a roaster oven to impress everyone at your table:
- Prep the turkey by rinsing and patting dry. Sprinkle salt in the cavities. Stuff your turkey if desired.
- Place the bird in the roasting pan on top of the wire rack.
- Rub the entire bird with olive oil or butter and your favorite special seasonings. Finish with a good sprinkle of seasoning salt and black pepper. The olive oil and seasoning salt will help the skin brown nicely.
- Put the insert pan with the bird into the roaster oven and cover.
- Roast at the highest setting for 30 minutes. The olive oil, seasoning salt and the searing time will make the skin beautifully browned and perfect!
- After 30 minutes, turn the oven temperature down.
- Check your turkey every 30 minutes using a meat thermometer.
Enjoy your turkey dinner!
Did you know that the President of the United States pardons a turkey every year at Thanksgiving? There are many stories of Presidents pardoning turkeys in honor of Thanksgiving, dating at least to the Truman Administration. However, Ronald Reagan offered the first official pardon in 1987. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush made the turkey pardoning an annual tradition. Most years, the pardoned turkey is donated to a petting zoo or farm. Another holiday tradition!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Boatsters Black. We cannot wait to find out what traditions you and your family and friends are honoring or creating this special Thursday in November!
“May you celebrate Thanksgiving day with love in your heart, prosperous vision in your mind, and gratitude in your being.”
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