After the harvest, a time to give thanks

The Davison Files

A turkey with stuffing. Cranberry sauce. A vegetable casserole. Wine. Old friends. Family.

As social structures dissolve, as family members spread further and further away from each other, as our lives get more chaotic, we hunger for the simple traditions that act as an anchor point for our lives.

This past weekend, we all took time to savor a tradition that dates back to 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between two distinct cultures and people.