Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

  • Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

    November 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, and was to celebrate the first successful harvest by the pilgrims.  It was a 3 day festival which included eating, hunting and entertainment.  The Indians came and brought with them 5 deer.  The menu did not include turkey, potatoes or pumpkin pie but rather venison, indian corn, fowl and barley.

    "Pilgrims Giving Thanks" by deb spoons "Pilgrims Giving Thanks" by deb spoons

    More than one hundred years later on Thursday, November 26, 1789, President George Washington announced the first National Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Thanksgiving did not become an annual tradition until the 19th century.  An American writer, Sara Josepha Hale led the charge to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She worked hard for 30 years. She also published recipes for turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing which became common menu items of the present day feast.

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