Back from Thanksgiving!

Well actually I got back yesterday, but from the moment I got home I’ve been glued to my books.  I have to do a makeup midterm tomorrow and blahblahblah.  I had a real great time in texas and I really just miss the beautiful tall trees in Houston.  My aunt lives in such a lovely neighborhood.  All the houses are so nice and I just love the trees.  This year my Aunt Peggy from Australia came to visit and she rarely comes to the states.  I was so happy to see her because she’s really fun to hang out with.  She has a good head on her shoulders and she’s so youthful!  My Mimi looked alot better this Thanksgiving than we thought she would.  She was walking a little bit and even talking.  She recognized me which I really didn’t think she would, and she understood what I was telling her.  I really hope she gets better because she was always such an athletic and spunky lady. 

The pics I’ve attached are from my adventure to the Memorial City Mall with Leah, Dana, Jessica, and Gina (who is my cousin) and our testing of a Brookstone invention.  It was SO funny.  I was walking out of Abercrombie with Jessica and came upon Leah sitting on this weird jostling seat thing…. it was absolutely hilarious so I sat down on one next to her and got thrashed around myself.  I seriously felt like I was having to hold on for dear life!  We were cracking everyone up who walked by with our silliness.  The other picture is mom and Aunt Peggy.  Enjoy! Hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a good one!imageimage

Posted by Adella on 11/27 at 03:13 AM
  1. I’m not sure, but I think in Canada Thanksgiving is in October lol but no one really celebrates that anymore around here. I’m not even sure what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about xP but it’s cool to see your faw away family once in a while =D I might go see my Greek relatives in Greece for Christmas but I’m not sure with school coming up in January and all…gotta work and save cash >< holiday shoppings and all can raid a bank account if you dun watch out xD;

    Posted by noxy_schala  on  11/27  at  04:53 AM
  2. Wasn’t Thanksgiving that celebration-thingie about the seddlers coming to Virginia in 1607, not having enough food for the winter and thus getting some from the Indians around Pocahontas - “Thank you for giving us your food” - Thanksgiving! wink

    Posted by sanjiyan  on  11/27  at  07:50 AM
  3. Like ANYONE could ever forget you, let alone a relative. smile  Glad you had a good time.  Those Brookstone thins are bizarre….

    Posted by cormacf  on  11/27  at  08:54 AM
  4. Nope, Sorry - Plymouth Rock was, where the Mayflower landed (1620). What I meant was the first settlement in the New World: Jamestown, built by the seddlers that came over with the ships of the Virgina Company in 1607 and afaik Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians helped them to get through their first winter.

    But - You’re perfectly right by saying that Thanksgiving goes back to the Wampanoag Indians sharing their food with the seddlers of Plymouth Rock.

    The odd thing is: Why? I mean Indians helped the english settlers even 13 years sooner. But obviously that wasn’t reason enough to make a big deal out of it.

    Plymouth Rock, by the way, always reminds me of that famous speech by Malcolm X: “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock - Plymouth Rock landed on US”

    Okay - back to Topic!

    Posted by sanjiyan  on  11/27  at  08:58 AM
  5. Dear Lady Adella

    I’m gald You had a great thanksgiving Break, I also had a great time see my family and friends.
    But I would have been better if UT had’nt Lost to A&M>_<

    I have alot of work ahead of me, Just three weeks of college. Finals are At HAND!!

    I’ll work hard, because I know you are! ^_^

    Love
    UTHARDAR

    Posted by uthardar  on  11/27  at  12:48 PM
  6. noxy_schala:
    Yes, Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. What do you mean by “but no one really celebrates that anymore around here”?

    Posted by candyfloss  on  11/27  at  02:34 PM
  7. Hi Adella.Glad you had a good time with the Thanks giving. By the way I like the pictures.
    =D

    Posted by minerva  on  11/27  at  03:37 PM
  8. (copied from Wikipedia)

    Pilgrims

    The Pilgrims were particularly thankful to Squanto, the Indian who taught them how to catch eel, grow corn and who served as an interpreter for them (Squanto had learned English as a slave in Europe). Without Squanto’s help the Pilgrims might not have survived in the new world. The explorers who later came to be called the “Pilgrims” set apart a day to celebrate at Plymouth immediately after their first harvest, in 1621. At the time, this was not regarded as a Thanksgiving observance; harvest festivals were existing parts of English and Wampanoag tradition alike. Several American colonists have personal accounts of the 1621 feast in Massachusetts:

    William Bradford, in Of Plymouth Plantation:
     
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    They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their house and dwelling against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned by true reports.
     
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    Edward Winslow, in Mourt’s Relation:
     
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    Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.
     
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    The mention of ninety men in the Winslow account is of interest, as the Native People present would have outnumbered the 50 surviving English at that point. The two preceding passages are the only records of the event, but historians presume that both groups were exposed to unfamiliar forms of celebration.

    The Pilgrims did not hold a true Thanksgiving until 1623, when it followed a drought, prayers for rain, and a subsequent rain shower. Irregular Thanksgivings continued after favorable events and days of fasting after unfavorable ones. In the Plymouth tradition, a thanksgiving day was a church observance, rather than a feast day.

    Gradually, an annual Thanksgiving after the harvest developed in the mid-17th century. This did not occur on any set day or necessarily on the same day in different colonies in America.

    The Massachusetts Bay Colony (consisting mainly of Puritan Christians) celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in 1630, and frequently thereafter until about 1680, when it became an annual festival in that colony; and Connecticut as early as 1639 and annually after 1647, except in 1675. The Dutch in New Netherland appointed a day for giving thanks in 1644 and occasionally thereafter.

    Posted by Adella  on  11/27  at  11:19 PM
  9. I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving,Adella! BTW- who’s Mimi?

    Posted by virtualpetz  on  11/27  at  11:59 PM
  10. noxy_schala:
    Yes, Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. What do you mean by “but no one really celebrates that anymore around here”?

    I dunno lol I live in Quebec and I never really heard about it xD;

    Posted by noxy_schala  on  11/28  at  01:47 AM
  11. Oh, I think that has a lot to do with Quebec seeing themselves as a sovereign nation and wanting to seperate with the rest of Canada so they don’t feel they should take part in anglophone traditions. Blah, maybe I’m wrong. =^_^=
    Oh! And I’m totally not trying to be all “arrrrr, Quebecers ... blah and blah!!!”.
    Do you speak French too, or live in just an English part of Quebec (which must be rare!!)?

    Posted by candyfloss  on  11/28  at  01:55 AM
  12. Sounds like you had lots of fun, we don’t celebrate thanks giving in england boo..

    Posted by lady_soha  on  11/28  at  06:32 AM
  13. Oh, I think that has a lot to do with Quebec seeing themselves as a sovereign nation and wanting to seperate with the rest of Canada so they don’t feel they should take part in anglophone traditions. Blah, maybe I’m wrong. =^_^=
    Oh! And I’m totally not trying to be all “arrrrr, Quebecers ... blah and blah!!!”.
    Do you speak French too, or live in just an English part of Quebec (which must be rare!!)?

    Um well I live in Montreal lol. I dun consider myself to be anything specific culture-wise ( my mother is quebecker/amerindian and my father is greek ). And I speak 3.5 languages, soon 5. xP
    Yeah, Quebec’s been trying to become an independant country for a while…and most quebeckers are a bit reluctant about other countries. Some don’t like english at all even though they gotta learn it xD; and the others are immigrants or their children born here. I think speaking a lot of languages makes it easier to understand everyone and I love it =D.

    Posted by noxy_schala  on  11/28  at  07:00 AM
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