The Fall 2013 issue of The Living History Classroom is all about the holidays. You can find out where the name “turkey” came from (since they’re not really from Turkey), learn how Civil War soldiers celebrated the holidays, and see how the serving and eating of foods has changed since the 19th century. You may think that setting the table with simply a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, and a spoon before holiday meals is work, imagine what it was like to set the table in the 19th century when there could be as many as 24 different pieces of silverware at each place setting! You can see a diagram of a table set in 1859 in this issue and also learn why sideboards and buffets became a common sight in middle class homes in the 1800s. And if you’re still scrambling for a recipe for a festive holiday dessert, maybe the gingerbread cookie recipe in the back of the issue will be just what you (and your taste buds) were looking for.
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