all summer long they waited for the harvests with great anxiety，knowing that their lives and the future existence of the colony depended on the coming harvest. finally the fields produced a yield rich beyond expectations and therefore it was decided that a day of thanksgiving to the lord be fixed years later, president of the united states proclaimed the fourth thursday of november as thanksgiving day every year the celebration of thanksgiving day has been observed on that date until today
the pattern of the thanksgiving celebration has never changed through the years. the big family dinner is planned months ahead. on the dinner table, people will find apples, oranges, chestnuts, walnuts and grapes. there will be plum pudding, mince pie, other varieties of food and cranberry juice and squash. the best and most attractive among them are roast turkey and melon pie. they have been the most traditional and favorite food on thanksgiving day throughout the years.
everyone agrees the dinner must be built around roast turkey stuffed with a bread dressing to absorb the tasty juices as it roasts. but as cooking varies with families and with the regions where one lives, it is not easy to get a consensus on the precise kind of stuffing for the royal bird.