Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States since 1789. Together with Halloween, Christmas, and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.
Other countries such as Canada observe a similar holiday (Harvest Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October) and there are various harvest day festival traditions that date back to medieval Europe. However, to date, only the U.S. version has inspired a subgenre of erotica which includes pin-up photographs, pornography, and spanking-related art, fiction, and videos.
The first official Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims (not to be confused with Puritans) at their Plymouth colony settlement (now Plymouth, Massachusetts) after their first harvest in 1621. This three-day feast, attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe, came to symbolize, among other things, the spirit of cooperation and harmony between peoples from vastly different cultures.
The traditional ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner include New World food items such as a large oven-roasted turkey (popularized after 1800) with stuffing and giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, corn (introduced to the settlers by the Indians), mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie for dessert.
Traditional discipline methods used by pilgrim teachers in the Plymouth colony include a whispering stick – a kind of wooden bit gag to punish male or female students for whispering or talking in the classroom. They also used a dunce cap made of birch bark and a slapper, a leather spanking implement. Details can be found in the historical novel MARY OF PLYMOUTH: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement (1910) by James Otis.
Any Internet search for "Thanksgiving pinup" images will reveal countless examples of sexy cheesecake calendar illustrations of shapely Indian girls and photographs of models and vintage movie stars, including Marilyn Monroe, posing as Pilgrims (see photos). The most common pose is hunting turkeys with old-style musket rifles.
This type of tongue-in-cheek imagery has continued from the 1930s to the present day in men's magazines (with semi-clad Pilgrim girls, etc.), pornographic films, and fetish spanking/BDSM art and spanking videos.
Starlet! (1969), an underground sexploitation film, features a scene from the making of a Pilgrim-era historical nudie filmed in a Hollywood studio. A beautiful maiden (Shari Mann) is locked in an upright pillory for immoral behavior by stern Pilgrims (photos at Rollin Hand's Blog). Her bare behind is then lashed with a stiff, single-tailed whip. Shari Mann made two other adult films with whipping/spanking scenes, Thar She Blows! (1968) and Love Camp 7 (1969).
- Melody's Stories, a science fiction spanking novel by Lurking Dragon, includes a whole chapter that takes place on this day titled "Thanksgiving - Nov 26".
- Rejuve Writer's Guide includes Thanksgiving in its Special Punishment Days section.
- Spanksgiving: A Collection of Erotic Spanking Stories by Lori Perkins (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2017), Amazon listing
- After School Discipline (Shadow Lane), includes a spanking segment set on Thanksgiving Day.
- Being Keith Jones Trilogy, Part 1 – The Puritan (Spanking Epics), 17th-century fantasy story.
- Harley's Spanksgiving (Delco Video Productions), Harley Havik, photos
- Holiday Party Spanking (Spanking Sorority Girls, 2020), Veronica Ricci, photos
- Indian Spanking in Woods (Spanking Veronica Works), photos
- A Not So Happy Spanksgiving (Momma Spankings), a bratty, ungrateful daughter (Sarah Gregory) refuses to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner and gets punished by her mother (Dana Specht) and father, played by Paul Rogers. (See photos).
- A Roast for Thanksgiving, Cut A Switch & Reckless Driving (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), a three-part story in which an irate Chelsia spanks her lazy daughter (Stevie Rose) with a wooden spoon and a spatula for coming home late and not helping with the Thanksgiving preparations (photos, photos 2).
- Spankingsgiving Sisters (Girl Spanks Girl), while getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner, Riley Anne, dressed as a pilgrim, gets spanked by her older sister, Star Nine, who is dressed as a Native American (photos).
- Spankorama II (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), in one segment, Samantha Woodley is a Native American who gets spanked with a hair brush by Pilgrim Anastasia Pierce. Then a witch (Chelsea Pfeiffer) pops in from the future and punishes Anastasia (photos).
- Thanksgiving Feast (Kink.com/The Upper Floor, 2010), BDSM/porn video
- various Pilgrim Halloween costumes.
- The Puritan (Being Keith Jones, part 1), video by Spanking Epics is a period-piece fantasy of related interest (website).
- Rollin Hand's Blog, Thanksgiving related story and punishment illustrations.
- Celebrity cook Rachel Ray in sexy Thanksgiving-themed pictorial for FHM magazine