Happy Thanksgiving & a Few Trivial Tidbits

imagesGrateful for each hand we hold
Gathered round this table.
From far and near we travel home,
                                                    Blessed that we are able.                                                                                                                                
– Mary Chapin Carpenter

We, as a family, have always been fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving together.  I am most grateful for that.  As the years add up, I know this may not always be true – so I hold them close and treasure these moments up in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

A few fun Thanksgiving facts…

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History…

  •  Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  •  Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
  •  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.
  •  The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
  •  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.
  •  Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
  • The turkeys typically depicted in Thanksgiving pictures are not the same as the domestic turkeys most people eat at Thanksgiving. Domestic turkeys usually weigh twice as much and are too large to fly.
  • The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.
  • Thanksgiving football games began with Yale versus Princeton in 1876.
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