Wednesday, November 23, 2016


A Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving
 from our family at ESS to yours!

We will be closed
Thursday and Friday,
 November 24th and 25th 
in observance of the holiday. 

We will re-open Monday, November 28th.

"The first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Indians in 1621. The first feast was a three day affair. Life for the early settlers was difficult. The fall harvest was time for celebration. It was also a time of prayer, thanking God for a good crop. The Pilgrims and the Indians created a huge feast including a wide variety of animals and fowl, as well as fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. This early celebration was the start of today's holiday celebration. Like then, we celebrate with a huge feast.

Today, most of us enjoy Turkey with "all the trimmings". The "trimming" include a wide variety of foods that are a tradition of your family. Those traditional foods often replicate the foods at the first Thanksgiving feast. While others, are traditional ethnic or religious group recipes, or a special food item that your family always serves at Thanksgiving dinner. Then, to top it off, pumpkin pies, apple pies, and even mince meat pies are bountiful around the table.

Did you know? Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.

After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800's. It was usually celebrated in late September or October. In 1941, Congress made it a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November."

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