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Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! I decided today, because it is thanksgiving, we could do a history lesson on… well… Thanksgiving! Now, I want this club to be fun, and not like schoolwork, but I do want to make sure that you guys are actually doing the stuff. I have a lot of stuff planned and if you guys are interested in any specific topics, please leave them down below.
Here is a bit about Thanksgiving from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Thanksgiving-Day:
“Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people…. the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular travel, the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another.”
Now that we’re done with the boring synopsis here are some small tidbits of information about *THANKSGIVING*!
-Direct quote from Britannica (I just liked the way they put it): “In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, as specified in a joint resolution passed by Congress in 1941 and a proclamation issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. Since 1957, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October.”
-Turkey was not at the first thanksgiving.
-The first thanksgiving was three days!
-Thomas Jefferson refused to recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday because he thought there must be a difference between the church and the state and while I whole-heartedly agree, I’ve never thought of Thanksgiving as a… religious holiday.
-In 1953, an employee of Swanson accidentally ordered way too many turkeys! There was so many extra, so a salesman named Gerry Thomas got inspired by those prepared food on airplanes. He got inspiration to create the first TV dinners!
-Only male turkeys gobble!
-. Americans eat aprox. 50 million pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving!
-Benjamin Franklin once wrote to his daughter, “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country…For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird.”
-“Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song. Which honestly, I could see back when… you know… climate change wasn’t a thing that made Thanksgiving feel like spring.
I hope you all liked these fun facts! I can’t wait to look through history with all of you!