Here in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving, if you don’t live here, then you may not know about this national holiday. if you want to learn more then click the link and learn about the origins of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Fun Facts
- The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast and he invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians.
- Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
- Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
- The first Thanksgiving celebration last 3 days!
From then to present day…
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
- Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
- In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
- Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
- In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
Now for a little amusement…here’s a fun video. I present to you…
The Thanksgiving Overture
Thanksgiving has always meant family, games and food. Most years when i would go to my Dad’s house we would end up gathered around 3-4 tables . The usual adult table, some friends of the family mixed in at other tables…and the best one of all…the kids table. I always wanted to be at the grownup table…until i got my wish. Funny how that works out.
One of my fondest memories was playing games after we woke from our post turkey coma. The usual game was Risk. Love that game! Come to find out…years later, most of the women in that family hated the game. And i also learned that I was a poor looser as a kid. Who knew?
Those traditions continue in my family now. With 5 kids we play a bunch of different games. In fact we continue to play card games, monopoly and yes…even Risk. I don’t think I’m a poor looser, but my wife things I may be a bit aggressive at times. I just want to make sure the kids feel victorious when they win.
Thanksgiving Traditions From a Few Friends
I love hearing what other people do on holidays like these. So I asked around and collected a few Thanksgiving traditions from my friends…enjoy.
VaNessa Duplessie – In our family we do have a few family traditions for Thanksgiving Weekend. Right after Halloween I switch the decorations in our house to Thanksgiving Decorations. Then on Thanksgiving Eve,the day before, we usually just hang out with neighbors or he family. This year it was family movie night.
Then on Thanksgiving Day the cooking starts real early and we have mimosa’s and appetizers throughout the day until Dinner is ready. We spend the evening with neighbors and friends do dessert when the house opens up to the neighbors.
Friday after Thanksgiving is wine tasting day. One of our hobbies is making wine and we live in a near nice wine region so we head out to visit our favorite wineries for the day.
Then on Saturday we pull out all of the Christmas Decorations and get our tree and decorations up over the rest of the weekend. Sunday is also a day of rest as we prepare for the week ahead and school to resume.
Adrienne Smith We don’t really have any traditions Ken but we always eat at Mom’s and we always have the same thing every year. As much as she tries to change the menu, we refuse to let her. It’s that darn good and we salivate waiting for the day to arrive and then we all stuff ourselves silly.
She has these candles on the table that are a pilgrim and turkey that are probably 50 years old now. We wouldn’t let her get rid of them in the recent estate sale and my sister-in-law wants them when Mom is no longer with us. Adrienne has also written a post around Thanksgiving. make sure you stop by and say hi!
Debbie Turner My grandmother back in the 1930′s took various candies and raisins, toothpicks and a cupcake holder, and created little turkeys that she had the kids gather around to make. Everyone made their own, or the kids made them for the adults, and
everyone had one at the place setting.
I cannot remember a Thanksgiving without them. I took this tradition to school for the kids in my children’s’ rooms when they were little. My Scout troops have made them and the neighborhood kids would join in on our fun candy turkey
I would venture to say that with all the cousins and grand kids who have taken
grandma Beckner’s originality and tied it together through the years, the generations,
with love and silliness at Thanksgiving, that this tradition this will continue long after
Diane Kennedy We take common ingredients and put a twist on them. That’s what you get when you have a family of cooks and a few chefs. This year is a little more traditional, but I am making a pumpkin-chorizo soup as a starter.
The other thing you can count on is we always have debates over who gets to cook what. It’s like we ALL want to cook the whole dinner, or at least part of it. So far the menu: appetizers: fresh salsa, spinach dip and salmon dip w/ fresh veggies, crackers and homemade totopos (tortilla chip) and two different people insisting they do the best sushi – guess we are having a contest, soup: pumpkin-chorizo, salad: spinach strawberry, dinner: salt brined w/ ancho chiles turkey, glazed carrots, roasted brussel sprouts, 2 kinds of homemade rolls, and an argument still on yams/sweet potatoes treatment dessert: 3 pies (homemade of course)
But as far as traditions, we always do a bonfire at the beach afterwards and we go around the circle and each say something or someone we are especially grateful for.
From our house to your house, i hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. If you don’t participate in this US national tradition then I hope you have a great time enjoying your own traditions and celebrating with your family.
The Network Dad
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