Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful

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Tuesday March 19th 2019

Ten Facts About Thanksgiving

Instead of some long history lesson on what Thanksgiving is all about, I am going to give it to you easy.  Below are some interesting facts and figures about Thanksgiving.

  1. After all the exploring, the first Pilgrims came to this New World aboard the Mayflower in 1620.  The journey took 65 days to complete.
  2. During the first year over half of the original 110 Pilgrims died due to lack of food.  That would improve in their second year.  The Pilgrims made friends with the Abnaki Indians, who taught them how to work the land and produce bountiful harvest.
  3. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts by proclamation of Governor William Bradford.  It was a three day feast to celebrate their first bountiful harvest.  The Native American Indians were invited to join with the Pilgrims to celebrate the occasion.
  4. There is no evidence that the first Thanksgiving included turkey at all.  Pilgrims called all wild fowl “turkeys”.  The descriptions that do exist do not resemble what we know as the turkey today.
  5. Many Native American people, see Thanksgiving as a time for mourning rather than celebration.  Although the first Thanksgiving was celebrated jointly between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims it would not last.  The colonist would eventually turn on their Indian friends and take their land.  The first Thanksgiving is viewed as the start of centuries of oppression and discrimination.
  6. It would be another almost 200 years before Thanksgiving becomes an official national holiday.  George Washington was the first president to issue a proclamation making Thanksgiving a day to honor.  President Lincoln, in 1863, proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a national holiday to celebrate Thanksgiving annually.  Not all presidents issued a proclamation recognizing Thanksgiving.  In 1941, Congress passed a law officially making Thanksgiving a national holiday to be recognized on the fourth Thursday in the month of November.
  7. Since 1947 the National Turkey Federation has presented the sitting President of the United States with a live turkey.  Every year the President issues a pardon to the White House Thanksgiving Turkey.  Although believed to have started in 1947 with President Truman there is no official record of turkey pardoning until 1989 with President George H.W. Bush.  That isn’t to say that many presidents before President George H.W. Bush didn’t pardon their Thanksgiving turkeys, just that it wasn’t done officially until 1989.
  8. Pardon turkeys have traditionally been sent to live out their remaining time on farms and petting farms for children.  The Walt Disney company started taking the turkey in 2005 and making it the honorary grand marshal in their Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  9. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is said to consist of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  In the US, there are over 300 millions turkeys raised, 700 million pounds of cranberries, almost 2 billion pounds of sweet potatoes and over 100 million pumpkin grown to accommodate the Thanksgiving feast.  The average Thanksgiving dinner turkey weighs in at about 16 pounds.
  10. Thanksgiving is a time for football, parades and shopping.  The first NFL Thanksgiving Classic game was played in 1934.  It was actually just a gimmick to get people to go to the game but became an annual tradition.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most famous of them all.  At the end of the parade, comes the Santa Claus float ushering in the start of the Christmas holiday season.  The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is reported to be the biggest shopping day of the Christmas season.  It actually isn’t the biggest shopping day, that honor goes to the Saturday before Christmas.

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