Happy Turkey! The Short Story of Thanksgiving Day for little ones!

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Thanksgiving is an American festival. It’s on the fourth Thursday in November.

On this day, American families come together to have a big dinner. They eat turkey, pumpkin pie and ice cream.

 

 

The First Thanksgiving

It’s the year 1620. A group of people from England arrive in America.  Their ship is called MayflowerThe people want to find new homes in America. But it is winter. They are cold and hungry.

Native Americans help them. They give them food and warm clothes. In spring, the Native Americans help them to grow corn and pumpkins. They also give them some turkeys. In the autumn, the people from England have a big party. They want to thank the Native Americans for their help. They eat turkey and pumpkin. This is the story of the First Thanksgiving.happy-thanksgiving-greetings-22

 

 

 

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Life’s little pleasures: Dark, White or Milk?

It’s Chocolate National Week in UK!

The eating of chocolate has long been associated with love.  Apparently, the Aztec emperor, Monteczuma (c1502) drank fifty cups of chocolate a day to enhance his ardour.Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine and Serotonin both of which also occur naturally in the human brain. These mood lifting substances are released into the nervous system when we are happy and when we are experiencing feelings of passion, creating a a rise in blood pressure and heart rate and inducing a feeling of well being. So, when you need a lift – eat chocolate!

The first chocolate house was opened in London by a Frenchman. The shop was called the The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll. Costing 10 to 15 shillings per pound, chocolate was considered a beverage for the elite class.

History of Chocolate

1502 – Christopher Columbus introduces chocolate to Spain from his fourth voyage to the New World in 1502 but not as the product we know today. It was only consumed as a drink. The word „chocolate” was derived from the Aztec word xocolatl which means bitter water.

1615Anne of Austria (wife of Louis XIII) declares chocolate as the drink of the French Court , although this was only after much skepticism, as initially it was considered a „barbarous product and noxious drug”.

1640 – chocolate finds its way to England, among other European countries.

1657–  the drink becomes a best seller in England and excessive duties are imposed on chocolate. It takes almost 200 years before the duty is dropped.

1828Dutch chocolate maker Conrad J. Van Houten created the hydraulic cocoa press. The press enabled chocolate makers to crush the „nibs,” or centers, of roasted cacao beans into a paste (Chocolate Liquor). After crushing, some of the cocoa butter was extracted.

1848 – English chocolate maker Joseph Storrs Fry created the first eating chocolate by further refining the cocoa, adding sugar, and mixing the cocoa butter back in.

1875 –  Swiss Daniel Peter added condensed milk  to  chocolate and marketed the first solid milk chocolate bar.

Have a bar of chocolate! It makes your day sweeter! 🙂

Five o’clock Tea

“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company

In the past whether you took „afternoon tea” or „high tea” was a peek into your social standing.  Afternoon Tea was a light elegant meal served between a light lunch and late dinner, usually between 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock, and was mainly confined to the aristocracy with their leisurely lifestyle.  High Tea was a more substantial meal, including meat and/or fish, and was really an early dinner which well suited the middle and lower classes after a long day at work. 

Afternoon Tea’ did not exist before the 19th century.  At that time lunch was eaten quite early in the day and dinner wasn’t served until 8 or 9 o’clock at night.  But it wasn’t until Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, asked for tea and light refreshments in her room one afternoon, around 1830, that the ritual began. 

The Duchess enjoyed her ‘taking of tea’ so much that she started inviting her friends to join her.  Before, long having elegant tea parties was very fashionable.  Demand for tea wares grew and soon there were tea services in silver and fine bone china, trays, cake stands, servers, tea caddies, tea strainers, teapots, and tea tables.

 So, the institution of tea connected with afternoon snack at four P.M. became widely known, this was postponed to five o’ clock in the 20th century.

Traditional five o’ clock tea is still held in the Buckingham Palace, as in countless English homes.

Have a tea! Have a cup of life!:)

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