🍂🍁 What are you thankful for? 🍁🍂
Thanksgiving 2021 is observed on November 25th and we all know what it is right?
Just in case you don’t, here is some information about it!
Thanksgiving in the USA can be dated back as far as 1621 ( some will say earlier) when a group of pilgrims shared a feast with Native Americans by way of celebrating what had been a fruitful harvest. The previous years harvest had been a disaster with many of the pilgrims starving to death. The members of the Native American tribe kindly demonstrated to the remaining pilgrims how to tend the land to ensure crops would grow, catch fish and generally become self sufficient. From this, the first Thanksgiving was born.
Here are nine fun facts about Thanksgiving to share around the dinner table.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not quite true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.
🍂🍁 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🍁🍂