Veronica Roberts

November 24, 2010]-----Turkey is the traditional bird of Thanksgiving. The origin of this custom is somewhat hazy and varies from historian to historian.

Some say it was served during the first harvest celebration between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 because the bird was easy to find and plentiful in the land.

Others refute this claim, saying there is no proof that turkey was served at the first celebration. Still more stories abound, from the 16 century Queen of England, Elizabeth celebrating the sinking of the Spanish Armada by ordering a second goose, to that occasion marking the beginning of turkey eating.

Whatever the truth, American households all across the country, celebrate the season with the main dish being a big plump turkey.

I guess I'm committing blasphemy here or even heresy, but I am not crazy about the traditional gobbler. I am more a chicken lover. There, I said it. So what are you, a turkey stickler or do you break tradition and bring out the juicer bird--the chicken roaster?

And just what are we celebrating? (yes I know I shouldn't start a sentence with the conjunction,'and'-- sue me!) I know what the traditional day stands for but What does Thanksgiving really mean to you? Does everyone celebrate the day? What does it mean to Native Americans? African Americans? Caucasians and others? I doubt it means the same thing to all people.

Love to hear what you think.

by veronica p roberts 11.24.10