Thanksgiving

Did Texas Host the First Thanksgiving?

Nov 24, 2015

It's common knowledge that in 1621 the first Thanksgiving was celebrated at Plymouth. 

But some say the “real” first Thanksgiving took place over 20 years before near present day El Paso, when at least 400 Spaniards, in an exploration led by Juan de Oñate, feasted with the Mansos tribe.

Like any good Thanksgiving discussion, there’s a thread of discord sown through that narrative. While everyone recognizes its importance in the history of North America, some argue that, unlike the feast at Plymouth, it’s not a harvest festival.

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A traditional Thanksgiving meal will cost a Texas family about $46.50 this year, 30 cents less than last year. That’s according to the Texas Farm Bureau. To measure that, the TFB totals the cost of all the meal’s staples – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes. This is the second year in a row these food prices have fallen. 

Every day of the year is a good time to experiment with new recipes. Except, arguably, one.

Thanksgiving is when Grandpa's grease-spattered gravy recipe is pulled from the file and your mother-in-law makes the sweet, sticky pecan pie her grandchildren expect. The sweet potatoes are boiled and peeled for their annual bath of maple syrup, nuts and, yes, marshmallows.

Some erstwhile creative home cooks and food professionals are just like everyone else at the Thanksgiving table.

The San Antonio Food Bank says it currently needs another 3,500 turkeys to serve its needy clients throughout the holidays.

It’s asking for donations of frozen birds or other protein item, including hams and chickens.

The Food Bank says the shortage is probably a result of increased turkey prices that have decreased donations.

Those able to help can donate frozen birds or make a monetary donation.

Food Bank volunteers will be accepting donations this Saturday at the following event:

Turkey Roundup

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time for coming together with loved ones – only the focus is on friends.

The Friendsgiving dinner – usually a potluck affair with plenty of booze — has taken off in recent years, especially among millennials. (Thank the gang from television's Friends for helping to popularize the concept.)

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