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Do you love smoked turkey?

donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,379 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

If you love smoked turkey, here's the perfect reason to try some today and have leftovers ready for the Arky game.


On September 24th Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving expresses thanks in a way that dates back to 1734.

The Schwenkfelders are the descendants of a small Protestant sect that sprang up in Germany around the time of the Reformation. They were followers of Caspar Schwenkfeld, a theologian. He and his followers separated from Protestant circles and formed the brotherhoods that still survive as the Schwenkfelder Church. Most Schwenkfelders now live in Pennsylvania Dutch country.


In 1733, a handful of Schwenkfelder’s followers arrived in Philadelphia. A second group came from Germany on September 22, 1734. They swore their allegiance to the British king; then they spent September 24th expressing their thankfulness to God for having delivered them from persecution.

This Thanksgiving event is the oldest continuously observed Thanksgiving event in the United States. The traditional Thanksgiving celebrated at the end of November didn’t get its start until the end of the Civil War.

While the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the observance didn’t continue uninterrupted. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements. George Washington even proclaimed the Nation’s first Thanksgiving in 1789. And while his successors followed suit, designating days of thanks, they weren’t consistent. It wasn’t until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving for the last Thursday in November. Annually, the country gave thanks on that day until 1939. That year, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the observance to the fourth Thursday, and that’s where it stayed.

Any Dawg fans out there good at smoking turkeys? Any hints you can offer for the rest of us? What would you suggest as side dishes for a smoked bird?

Only two days left!! Go Dawgs!!


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