A beautiful elementary pilgrim stirring a cauldron with a half- barrel full of vegetables by her side.

It’s the season of giving thanks for our many blessings in life. We celebrate Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends where turkey, stuffing, and rich desserts abound.  It’s also a great time to reflect on our country’s first Thanksgiving and the many changes over the last 400 years that bring us to the holiday we celebrate today.

Preparation of the first Thanksgiving meal was likely much more difficult without many things we take for granted every day.  Modern conveniences allow us to cook, bake and prepare our feast with much greater ease than the early settlers. Their celebration didn’t include some of our favorite dishes like pies, rolls, and bread because ovens didn’t exist yet. Today, our kitchens are equipped with convection ovens, electric mixers, gas or electric stoves, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances all shortening preparation and cooking time. Our homes also offer heat and running water providing warm shelter for guests and ease of clean-up after the big meal.

We have grocery stores stocked with all the necessary food and ingredients to prepare our meal. Many of us make more than one trip to the store to stock up on all the necessary essentials for the holiday feast! In contrast, the settlers had to rely on food supplies left from the trip to America supplemented with farm raised ingredients and animals brought home after hunting trips. Sugar brought over on the Mayflower was depleted so dishes were flavored with dried fruit and spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg instead.

There may be differences between today’s Thanksgiving and the first, but one thing is certain. A tradition that has consistently lasted over the years is the celebration of being thankful.  This month as we count our blessings, we would also like to give thanks for the many conveniences now available to celebrate Thanksgiving the way we do today.

On behalf of all of us at Next Generation My Signature Homes, we’d like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!