Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Thanksgiving Where It Was First Done

We finally went to Plimoth Plantation for Thanksgiving, the (approximate) site of the original Thanksgiving, and also an ancestral place for us since we're all direct descendants of Mayflower peeps. 🎩

Although it was fun to do that, Thanksgiving last year wasn't the best. John and I were starting to come down sick with what turned out to be a really nasty cold or virus (I have an admittedly silly theory that it was an early version of the coronavirus because of some of the symptoms we had and how bad it was), but we weren't sick enough yet to skip going to Plimoth, even though John wanted to. We went in the afternoon and it was cold and damp out, but other than that (and our colds), it was fun to be back since we hadn't been in years. (This is a post from when we were there in the nice warm summer eight years earlier.)

I thought this little caretaker's cabin (or whatever it is) in the woods was picturesque.

We stopped at a cafe/gift shop outpost on our walk to the plantation and got some hot cocoa to warm us up.
"History in the baking." 😂 I love good puns like that!

Everything is so authentic at Plimoth Plantation. It really does feel like you're going back in time when you're there, and all of the actors who play actual Mayflower people stay completely in character the whole time.

I like how the plantation overlooks the ocean.

It was nice to go in the visitors center, where it was warm and cozy. I got a kick out of another great pun, 
"The Mooflower."

Sam was happy about this gigantic pencil he got in the gift shop. 🤷

Then we ate a buffet dinner in one of the rooms there, and it was good. I'd still like to do the famous Thanksgiving meals they do at Plimoth Plantation where the actors are there and it's more of the authentic food that they ate back then, but I didn't get tickets soon enough for that so we had to settle for the buffet dinner instead. Hopefully we'll do it another year.

A few Thanksgiving things at home. Sam made this cute pinecone turkey at school.

We started a new tradition and did this Turkey on the Table where you write something you're thankful for on a feather in the days leading up to Thanksgiving until the turkey is full of gratitude feathers. It was nice and I plan on having us do it every year. 

By the next day, John and I were miserably sick with our colds/viruses/early COVID/whatever awful thing it was. At least it mostly held off for a day before it really got us so that we could mostly enjoy Thanksgiving Day--that was something to be thankful for! (And I really hope we didn't spread our germs to anyone at Plimoth!)