John and the entire Thiele team want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. This is the time of the year to reflect on our lives and offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for holiday parades and giant balloons, a game of touch football in the yard, and to watch the Lions fight it out on the field. (Sorry Detroit fans, but the last Turkey Day game the Lions won was in 2003.) Even in difficult times, there are always things for which to be grateful, even if it’s just the warm weather we’re experiencing in Central Indiana this year.
The first Thanksgiving took place in December 1621, when the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag neighbors held a three-day feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts to celebrate their bountiful harvest? This first Thanksgiving feast was actually celebrated during the Pilgrim’s second year in the New World. During the first year, the Pilgrims had arrived to their new home too late in the year to plant and harvest a crop, and were nearly decimated by the brutally cold winter. If not for the aid from the locals that first winter, there may never have been a harvest to celebrate.
Did you know that the first Thanksgiving meal did not include yams, cranberries or mashed potatoes, as these were not available in the area. And, while venison was most likely the main course, there is no historical proof that turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. The only written records of the event that survive do mention game fowl, but not turkey specifically.
And while we are giving thanks, let’s thank President Abraham Lincoln for proclaiming a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, to be celebrated each year on the final Thursday in November.
So, enjoy the festivities, eat well, and get ready for those big sales on Black Friday. And remember, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, or any time you have a heating emergency, Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help, 24/7/365. Just call us at (317) 639-1111 and we’ll be there!