The traditional Thanksgiving has its roots in the first Thanksgiving celebrations, when there were harvest festivals, or days of thanking God for plentiful crops. It simply reminds us the year 1621 when the Pilgrim's started the Thanksgiving, which later became a tradition for the entire nation.
In the first Thanksgiving celebrations a thanksgiving feast was organized in which there were dishes like boiled turkey, corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish, which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. The pilgrims had invited their neighbors, Native American Indians, to share the thanksgiving dinner. Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.
Even in modern times the people love to follow the Thanksgiving traditions because the importance of the things involved in the traditional Thanksgiving has not reduced for them in any way. The most significant Thanksgiving customs that are still popular among the people are like:
Family and Friends: The family and their friends gather on the Thanksgiving Day for celebrating this day together.
The Autumn Harvest: The people thank the Almighty for the bountiful harvest and express their gratitude by praising Him.
Offering Prayers: The families collectively offer Thanksgiving prayer to the Lord for His blessings.
Thanksgiving Dinner: It is a custom that in the United States the families prefer to have their dinner together on this day.
Eating Turkey: Eating at least one dish made of the turkey is a compulsory and interesting Thanksgiving tradition.
Playing Football: The people also love to play and to watch the football game on the Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day Parade: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is another custom of the Thanksgiving Day in America. This parade is held every year in New York city and audience enjoy its broadcast also.
The Pilgrims' History: Traditional Thanksgiving recounts the story of the pilgrims, the early settlers, and the challenges that they faced.
Songs And Poems: There is a wide array of Thanksgiving songs and poems that enable families to create and customize the celebrations.
First of all, melt butter in a frying pan and then cook onions and celery in it till it becomes soft and limp.
Then add the chicken broth to it and heat to warm.
Take a large mixing bowl and place breadcrumbs in it.
While adding the hot liquid and vegetable mixture, toss the breadcrumbs lightly.
Now remove the giblets and the neck and wash the turkey with cold water. Now blot it dry with the help of paper towels. Then rub salt and pepper on it.
Spread the stuffing in the cavity of the turkey and pack it loosely.
Now close the skin of the turkey with the help of skewers and tie the drumsticks together.
Put the turkey in a roasting pan and then place it on the wire rack of the oven sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Baste it with 1/2 cup melted butter and cover it tightly with the aluminum foil, sealing the edges.
Now roast the turkey in a preheated oven at 350 F, for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Baste the turkey once every hour with half cup melted butter and re-seal the foil again.
If the turkey does not brown then remove the foil from the breast. Test for doneness and check the internal temperature after 3 1/2 hours.
Now remove the turkey from wire rack and place it on the platter and allow it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
Remove the stuffing to the serving bowl, the thanksgiving stuffed turkey is ready.
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