When Did Thanksgiving Begin?

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Thanksgiving is here which means the holiday season will be in full swing soon. It’s hard to believe Turkey Day is already here. It goes without saying that it is a time to give thanks and in these trying times that can be difficult; but there is always something to be thankful for and reasons not to take for granted the good things we have in our lives.


It is easy to get bogged down throughout the year, so it really is nice to have a day to celebrate with family and friends and try to put the stresses aside for a while. Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated in the US and Canada and every family has their own way of celebrating from the big feast, to watching the Macy’s Parade, and of course, watching football.



Did you ever wonder how this great day originated or when it began? You probably remember from elementary school most of the crucial facts about the Pilgrims and Indians coming together to give thanks, but here are some facts and trivia you may or may not know about Thanksgiving.



When did Thanksgiving begin?



The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in the fall of 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


The Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620 and Thanksgiving was a way of thanking the Lord for their lives, as many of their fellow travellers did not survive the voyage.


The ship they sailed on was the Mayflower.


The beverage they brought with them was beer.


Their leader, William Bradford, organized the first Thanksgiving and invited the Wampanoag Indians to the feast.


George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1789.


In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored the second to last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day so the Christmas shopping season would be longer and help the economy.


Then in 1941 Congress declared the official proclamation in 1941 and made Thanksgiving a legal holiday to be observed on the fourth Thursday of November.


According to the National Turkey Federation and also The Butterball Corporation, about 675 million pounds of turkey is consumed each year on Thanksgiving.


Three NFL games are played on Thanksgiving. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys games being the most traditional.


Detroit has played on Thanksgiving since 1935 and won 33 out of the 74 games.


Princeton vs. Yale actually began the Thanksgiving football tradition which dates back to 1876.


The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade began in 1924 in New York City.


The oldest balloon in the Macy’s Parade is my favorite, Snoopy.


The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because this busy start to holiday shopping puts most retailers in the “black” in their profits.



I would like to thank all my website visitors and clients who make all the hard work worthwhile. I hope you enjoy the official kickoff of the holiday season and that you find plenty to be thankful for.

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