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king back to formal times and bi'g family gatherings did people do on Thanksgiving the turn of the 20th century? did football fans gather around did the children do without or computers? There were , CDs, stereos, and there even radios. of the activities enjoyed by our ancestors were really not |i different than they are today. :|fllle children, along with older rela- Played games. Sometimes they | otlt the scrapbooks and sat around g memories as they flipped the pages. who had musical talent sang piano. After the musi- finished with their perfor- everyone joined in and sang it was not unusual for the adults to attend the theater, the were served. For some, Thanksgiving Day became opera or a holiday ball. At one point, a certain department less of a sacred, family day and evolved Dances in the country were usually store even set a beautiful table right in into a day for parades and dancing. held in farmhouse parlors or barns, a display window and then invitedThe Fantasticals dressed in costumes which could be just as festive, street urchins to eat as they were being and paraded through town. The At the top of everyone's holiday list watched, parades sometimes ended with a picnic was the wish to be with family and Other recipients of Victorian charity and a ball. friends and to have a good time. were newsboys and other destituteA social class above the Fantasticals, Sharing Thanksgiving dinner went children. Holiday leftovers were often the Target Company, dressed in shiny beyond family and friends. Not even taken to orphanages, black boots, black pants and uniform those who were imprisoned went with- Some Europeans made every effort jackets. They marched to the edge of out. In Sing-Sing, prisoners were treat- to emulate the American tradition of town, set up targets and practiced ed to a turkey dinner and two cigars. Thanksgiving. It was difficult to fund shooting. Their shooting skills were Prisoners in Massachusetts received the appropriate food items. Some had not too keen so most gave up and went a turkey dinner and a possible pardon, to be imported, so advance planning home to eat Thanksgiving with their Inmates of local jails were served a tra- was needed to get everything ready on families. ditional meal courtesy of the state, time. The day was also filled with hunting The poor were also remembered by The American Society in London and football games. Ragamuffins, chil- the society elite and church ladies, sported red, white and blue banners, dren dressed in costumes, raced along- although many were made to dine They procured the most gigantic side the Fantasticals. Black children while being watched. Some also had to pumpkin they could f'md and sang wore talc on their faces and white chil- entertain their benefactors before they songs to Queen Victoria and the presi- dren wore coal dust. They borrowed dent of the United States. clothing and begged pennies as they The American and British flags flew ran through the streets. alongside a "Statue of Liberty" created Around the 1900s, this activity was from dozens of pumpkins. The whole stopped. Too many Victorian families display was for the gentlemen. There felt that begging in the streets was far were no women allowed, too degrading for children. you happen to be a country ,, you want your table to be beautiful and country look, try using just a runner instead of a full table- ng tablesetting suggestions could have a floral pattern or be a solid color that matches one of the col. ors in your runner. If your runner has a hint of gold, your glasses could be trimmed in gold. Add a floral napkin or a solid color TN[IE'% ONLY ONe, You choose a floral table runner, napkin in a wooden napkin holder and don't forget the small gifts for your | the floral theme throughout your guests. setting. For a woodsy feeling in the middle of ii If You choose a solid color or stripes, your table, collect some sticks, pine [. ep the theme going with the dishes, cones and flowers from your yard or II u |:maSSware and linens., park. Then add some dried roses, and | l or example, if you ve chosen a flo- start making a centerpiece that will mmm ND)H . make your guests ooh and ah. Put t them all into a basket or special bowl, ,, and set them in the middle of your i ' j. table. Cornucopia--horn of plenty. rate the i oliday_ _ r;er;', Tds of bration of the Harvest The Gift that [ *cn Americans commemorate [ gbeforeThanksgi ing Keeps on Giving! ~~k:Ins, apples, and corn" in town markets begin- = 283"4852 in September. [5- c.les: aunt, andparents, doesn't hurt the tradi- aept Open Sac