A Victorian Thanksgiving
A day of Thanksgiving has been recognized since the Pilgrims hosted Native Americans at Plymouth Rock. However, until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving, the day was not consistent. Like all Holidays, Victorians celebrated in high style. Many of their practices are still used today.
Items from nature such as pumpkins, gourds, wheat, mums, and leaves were used for decoration. The menu included turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. It also included some unique menu items such as scalloped oysters, clams, boiled onions, mock turtle soup (yes, really), celery salad with mayonnaise and plum pudding.
Incredibly, as early as 1890, college football became part of the nation’s Thanksgiving festivities. In 1934, the Detroit Lions played their first official Thanksgiving NFL professional game (they lost to the Chicago Bears). Other Thanksgiving entertainment had Victorians dancing and listening to local bands music.
Here at Flowertown Bed and Breakfast, we love hosting guests and celebrating with delicious food. We will serve a fantastic breakfast Thanksgiving morning that is certain to excite you and tide you over until your Thanksgiving meal.
“The hostess is extremely gracious, and the breakfast beautifully served…” Susan C.
To get your “taste” of Victoriana, call Flowertown Bed and Breakfast # 217-714-4514 and make your holiday reservations soon.
Chris and Carol