In the honor of Thanksgiving this week, here are some quick facts about this historic holiday and what it means to this great nation. You can share what you learned here around the dinner table this Thursday and maybe impress some family members with your Turkey Day knowledge!
Facts you maybe wouldn’t know off the top of your head:
- Presidential Pardon of a Turkey- Every year the president chooses one turkey to be pardoned from being eaten for thanksgiving dinner. The tradition started in 1947 with President Truman.
- Forkless Thanksgiving- The original thanksgiving in 1621 had no forks but rather spoons and knives. This is because forks weren’t introduced to the pilgrims until 10 years after the first Turkey Day.
- The holiday is a Three Day Feast- The first Thanksgiving was actually held for three days not just one. The 50 Pilgrims and 90 native Indians shared their harvest with each other for well over three days.
- Thanksgiving Has Not Been a Holiday For Long- The holiday wasn’t made a national holiday until 200 years after the inaugural feast. It wasn’t until President Lincoln in 1863 made it an official national holiday after receiving letters from the author of the song “Mary had a little lamb” Sarah Hale for 17 years complaining for it to be a national holiday.
- Watching Football on Turkey Day Wasn’t Always a Tradition- NFL games on thanksgiving were a tradition since the beginning. It started with two games involving the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. These two teams have since played on every Thanksgiving Day since that inaugural year in 1920. In 2006, a third game was added that changes opponents every year making for a jam packed day of pig skin.
After sharing these new fun facts with loved ones and come out of your food coma, remember that the biggest shopping day of the year is at your doorstep. Retailers are having the largest discounts of the year and deals are there for you to capitalize on, both in stores and online. If you haven’t done so already, check out the Black Friday Blog Post below that was published last week for the trends and deals of Black Friday 2015. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and many thanks!