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November 21, 2005 12:00 PM

Giving Thanks written by Sandra L. Oliver and Kathleen Curtin, Giving Thanks explores the history of America’s homey holiday.

•Entrées at the first harvest feast at Plymouth Colony in 1621: venison, waterfowl and (perhaps) turkey.

•Diners didn’t fret about which fork to use; colonists and Warmpanoag guests had only “knives, spoons and fingers.”

•In 1876, 13 years after Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, the first Thanksgiving Day college football game was held. Yale beat Princeton.

•The “fancy new food” on holiday tables in the 19th century: celery.

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