Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some facts you may not have known about this nationally celebrated holiday.
– There is debate over if the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth. Some historians believe it was celebrated for the first time by the Spanish in Florida. Others speculate that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Virginia.
– Not until 1941 was Thanksgiving officially given the date of the 4th Thursday of November in the USA.
– Thanksgiving is celebrated mainly by the United States and Canada, however there are some affiliations with the Netherlands, Japan, Liberia, Norfolk Island, and Grenada.
– Thanksgiving is held to celebrate the year’s harvest which is why Canada it is celebrated much earlier. Their harvest is shorter.
– The president pardons three turkey’s every year. Harry Truman, in 1947, pardoned the first Turkey… and they’ve been doing it ever since… ahh tradition.
– Not only do the Turkey’s get to meet the president they get to live out the rest of their feathered fowl days at Mount Vernon… now that’s a retirement plan!
– Last year the US raised approx. 244 million Turkeys and 44 million were eaten on Thanksgiving. Break that down: 20% of the turkeys raised in the US are consumed on Thanksgiving!
– The first Thanksgiving feast did not include some now staples of the meal including cranberries, potatoes (our table always has garlic mashed in true pilgrim style), and pumpkin pie!
– Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. And in 2011 Melany declared the 4th Friday of November as national Thank Melany day… any takers???
– FDR tried to move Thanksgiving in 1939 to the 3rd Thursday of November… I’m assuming that was unsuccessful considering we are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow and it’s the 4th Thursday of November.