Turkey tips

A 15 pound turkey feeds about 10 people with a bit leftover for casserole. A 15 pound turkey will hold about 7 cups of stuffing.

The True Thanksgiving Story

by Dennis Rupert

It seems that every year we are treated to articles attempting to disprove the "myth of Thanksgiving." In these articles we are told that:

- the Pilgrims weren't the first people in America to hold a thanksgiving
- that the first thanksgiving had no religious significance at all, but was merely a harvest festival
- that our traditional Thanksgiving dinner has nothing in common with the Pilgrim's meal.

The Thanksgiving Story

The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect). They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hired to protect the company's interests. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.