The holiday season blends together traditions that originated in many places -historical customs, regional customs, and family traditions are just a few of the influences. From the anticipated dinner to binge-watching football with family and friends, there are many ways that the team at Casas Adobes Flower Shop celebrate the holiday. And no matter the Thanksgiving Day traditions in your home, we have the perfect floral designs and seasonal arrangements to accent your holiday decor.
The first celebration – a dinner attended by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians – took place in Plymouth Meeting in 1621. Although observed in various ways down through the centuries, Thanksgiving was not made an official holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln saw fit to sign the holiday into existence.
The settlers and their guests may or may not have had turkey at their meal. Although we know that the Pilgrims would have indeed hunted wild turkey, the accounts of the day record waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash as the menu. It likely became the bird of choice for feasts because of its capacity to feed everyone at the table. Alexander Hamilton once remarked, “No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”
Straight from the Casas Adobes Table
Floral designer Shasta shares one of her favorite family traditions –
“I make green bean casserole every year, even though I am the only one who eats it. I cook it in my grandmother’s pyrex which she gave me before she passed away – and it makes it taste absolutely delicious every time!”
Since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for an annual Thanksgiving game. What began as a publicity stunt to garner more fans has become one of our favorite traditions. In 1966, the Dallas Cowboys became the second team that was guaranteed a Thanksgiving Day game. Perhaps thinking that two games were not enough for a football-loving nation, in 2006 the NFL added a third evening game to be played by a rotating roster of teams.
Preparing for Friday
Black Friday is becoming as much of a family tradition as many other time-honored customs. While a big Thanksgiving Day meal is still the norm for many of the Casas Adobes Flower Shop team, some share that they prefer to go out to eat and be ready for the start of the big sales!
The most enduring and beloved Thanksgiving traditions have to do with gathering with family and friends. Shasta shares that as a military spouse, she often is not in proximity to her family on holidays. “It is tough sometimes, as it is for many others who cannot be home for the holidays. We have been fortunate enough to make good friends that we cherish as our family. We all get together and have a nice dinner since we cannot be with our families.” And ultimately, that is what the day is all about – being grateful for all the special people in our lives.
At Casas Adobes Flower Shop, we have the all of the Thanksgiving florals, centerpieces, and gifts you need to create the warmth and ambiance that the season represents. If you live in Tucson or Oro Valley, you are our community! We look forward to sharing Thanksgiving tradition with you.