Thanksgiving Day History
- It is commonly thought that 1621 was the year of the first Thanksgiving in America. During the fall of this year the Colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a feast to celebrate the harvest.
- The first Thanksgiving was not just one day but was a three-day festival.
- The most likely menu for this feast was deer, Indian corn, fowl, barley and nuts, lobster and mussels.
- This first feast did not become an annual tradition for centuries later.
- In 1789 George Washington declared a national holiday for Thanksgiving and it was celebrated that year on Thursday, November 26th. But still it did not become an annual holiday nationwide.
- In 1827 Sarah Josephia Hale (she is an author best known for the writing the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb") started a 30-year campaign to make Thanksgiving an annual holiday. She even published recipe cards for Turkey, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie.
Finally in 1863 during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln
proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving to be held each year in November.
Thanksgiving Traditions Today
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pumpkin Pie
Pardoning a Turkey
As you and your family celebrate the holiday may you take time out to remember to be thankful.
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