I hope you found everything to your liking this Christmas morning and all of the fishing items on your list were under the tree.

While we wait for fishing to resume, let’s think about how some of the early settlers on Galveston Island might have celebrated this day.

The early arrivals to Galveston likely found the Carancahua Indians well-established and just whether there was any camaraderie between the settlers and Indians as we saw at the first Thanksgiving we do not know, but based on historical documents likely there was not.

Most of the new settlers carried religious values associated with Christmas and celebrated their traditions on this sacred day.

The celebrations included feasts much like they enjoyed in the old world. While domestic animals were in short supply, if at all, a great substitute took place with the bountiful seafood that existed all around Galveston Island.

It is speculated that fish and game, in the form of wild fowl like ducks and geese, supplied the main courses. While oysters and fish added to the table fare, venison could easily have been on the menu as well.

It is hard to imagine what the early Christmas celebrations were like here with the island being barren of structures and streets. The weather could have ranged from warm and sunny to bitter cold as it does today, however the odds back then are that it was cold.

Regardless, Christmas was celebrated and the tradition continues today.

Tuesday’s Reel Report will take a look at the outlook for fishing for the remainder of this week.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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