Danny's Days - 20th November 2023
This week is a big week in the Lidgate's calendar as it hosts American Thanksgiving. For many years the U.S. embassy was situated in Kensington and this meant, among a few other factors, that there were quite a few American families near us so we started baking our own Pumpkin Pies and supplying fresh Bronze Turkeys ready for a Thanksgiving feast.
Whilst in the UK we do not generally celebrate this occasion in the same way, I do like to acknowledge the thoughts of giving thanks and gratitude. Sometimes we hear ourselves, and others around us complaining about our relatively trivial day to day gripes. Maybe this week we should all embrace a few more thoughts of gratitude whether we are celebrating the pilgrim fathers or not?
A quick history lesson for those who do not know, The more familiar Thanksgiving precedent accompanied by feasting is traced to the Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s. They brought their previous tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England.
The 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. The Pilgrims celebrated this with the Wampanoags, a tribe of Native Americans who, along with the last surviving Patuxet, had helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity, in exchange for an alliance and protection against the rival Narragansett tribe.
We wish all of our customers celebrating this week a very happy Thanksgiving,