Hope you are having an A-MAZ-ING Thanksgiving! I thought it might be fun today to share some interesting facts about Thanksgiving.
When & where was the first American Thanksgiving Day? December 13th, 1621 at Plymouth.
By whom was it celebrated? The Pilgrims.
For what reason did Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony set apart a day of Thanksgiving? During the first terrible winter of 1620-1621 nearly half of the Mayflower company had died. But the Fall of 1621 had assured them of an abundant harvest.
What did the Pilgrims serve for this Thanksgiving feast? Large bowls of savory broth with clams and oysters, wild turkeys stuffed with beechnuts, dishes of turnips and carrots, bowls of salad, hasty-pudding, thin cakes of bread or manchets, and baskets of wild grapes.
How long did the Thanksgiving feast last? Four days.
When was Thanksgiving Day first observed as a National Holiday? In the first session of the first Congress, President Washington was requested to recommend to the people a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. In accordance with this request, President Washington set apart November 26th, 1789.
When did Thanksgiving become a recurrent National Holiday? In October, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, by proclamation, recommended to the people, to set aside the last Thursday in November for its observance.
Wishing you a day full of joy, laughter, peace, warmth, health and, of course, gratitude because, in the words of Melody Beattie:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.