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It’s Black Friday! Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, or special feast, along with all the fixin’s? Were you able to spend quality time with loved ones? Or are you joining millions of others in the quest for the holy grail of Christmas gifts by taking advantage of Black Friday sales?

I love turkey, especially leftovers. In order to get plenty I can use in the weeks to come, I usually buy a 20 lb. turkey so that I can make sandwiches and have plenty of meat left for Turkey Pot Pie or Turkey soup. (The freezer is my best friend, especially when I’m on deadline.) Huzzah!!!

No matter how you celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to share an article I wrote titled Squanto for my Hidden Truth, Historical Treasure feature in the Heart of Dixie’s Heart Monitor. The very first immigrants to America would never have survived their first winter in America without the help of one man, Squanto. Thank goodness, he came along when he did!

“One hundred and two English colonists first landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Newly separated from the Church of England, these brave men and women, known today as ‘puritans’, had previously fled to Holland where they lived in the Dutch settlement of Leiden before sailing to the new world. Financed independently of the Plymouth Company, they could not know their lives would drastically change when they reached what is now Providence Harbor and formed an acquaintance with an Indian who surprisingly spoke English. Through the Plymouth Company, which dispatched Captains George Weymouth, Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Smith on explorations off the coasts of Penobscot, Maine and Massachusetts, a man named Tisquantum, also known as Squanto, had been groomed for such a feat. His fascinating life journey had placed him in the Pilgrim’s path precisely when they needed him most.

 Known as Tisquantum, Squantum, and Squanto, Squanto hailed from the Wampanoag community of Patuxet, a village which held two thousand tribal members and stood exactly where the pilgrims would later erect their homes.”



Squanto is packed with FANtastic information about two cultures working together for the greater good. The rest of the article can be found on my website links page here. Squanto led a fascinating life. (Just look for the article titled Squanto.)


Close view of the Dining Room table with silverware and floral decoration, and period food details at Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

If you are an author or are simply fascinated by historical dining elegance in the Georgian, Regency, or Victorian eras, I hope you’ll check out the post I wrote for Embracing Romance this week titled Thanksgiving Elegance. (There are recipe links to historical dining in the eras listed above, as well as some Downton Abbey links.)

Thanksgiving and Black Friday mark the beginning of the holiday season, a time packed with seasonal fun and celebrations galore. A perfect remedy to the negativity we’ve faced the past few weeks.

What is the one December tradition sure to make you happy?

Wishing you following winds!