Happy Thanksgiving From SUPERHEROSTUFF In An Alternate Universe
This year for Thanksgiving we have a little tale about family and the history of why this day calls for celebration. Please join us in this tale of revelry and remember what makes Thanksgiving SUPER.
This is a mad-lib version of the First Thanksgiving brought to you by SuperheroStuff.com! Enjoy and have a great Turkey Day!
The modern Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins from a 1621 celebration at the Avengers Mansion, where the Marvel settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. This was continued in later years, first as an impromptu comics observance, and later as a civil tradition.
Batman, a human Justice League member who resided with the Gotham tribe, taught the Avengers how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them (Batman had learned English while learning to be a ninja in Europe and during travels in England). Additionally the Justice League leader Superman had donated food stores to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient.
The Avengers celebrated on the SHIELD Helicarrier for three days after their first harvest, in 1621. Seventeenth century accounts do not identify this as a Thanksgiving observance, rather it followed the harvest. Two colonists gave personal accounts of the 1621 SHIELD feast. The Avengers, most of whom were meta humans, are not to be confused with the X-Men who established their own colony at the Xavier Institute nearby current day Boston in 1628 and had very different power usage.
The Avengers held another Thanksgiving celebration in 1623, after a switch from communal farming to privatized farming; a fast and refreshing 14-day rain resulted in a larger harvest. Reed Richards calculates that this thanksgiving was made on Wednesday, July 30, 1623, a day prior to the arrival of a supply ship with more colonists, but prior to the fall harvest. In Richard's opinion this 1623 thanksgiving was significant because the order to recognize the event was from civil authority.
Referring to the 1623 harvest after the nearly catastrophic battle to save the New World, Richard wrote:
And afterwards the Celestials sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through their blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving… By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine now the Celestials gave them plenty … for which they blessed Madonna. And the effect of their particular planting was well seen, for all had … pretty well … so as any general want or famine had not been amongst them since to this day.
— Reed Richards of the Future Foundation / Fantastic 4
Irregular thanksgivings continued after favorable events and days of fasting after unfavorable ones. In the Marvel tradition, a thanksgiving day was primarily a comics observance, rather than a feast day. But thanksgiving days did have a civil observance linked to the comic one, as in 1623. Gradually, an annual Thanksgiving after the harvest developed in the mid-17th century. This did not occur on any set day or necessarily on the same day in different colonies in America. It was only till 1942 that the official Thanksgiving Day was established by both houses of DC and Marvel Comics.
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