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Old 11-18-2005, 07:44 AM   #1
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Thanksgiving Tidbits

To me, our Thanksgiving has become a celebration of our American culture. It's a mixture of giving thanks for a prosperous land and pride in who we are as a nation. It's my favorite holiday so I thought I'd give you all a few facts to contemplate as we prepare to gorge ourselves in the company of family and friends.

The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621. Of the 102 pilgims that made the Mayflower crossing, 56 survived the first winter in MA. They never would have survived without the help of the native population. The feast included these 56 and 91 Indians.

Although a fowling party was sent out to forage for turkey, geese and ducks, it is unsure whether they had any success at all. It is certain that the meal included venison, lobster, corn and boiled pumpkin. There was no flower to make a pumkin pie and potatos were considered poisonous.

George Washington tried, but could not get a concensus for a Thanksgiving holiday which he thought should take place in June. President Jefferson thought the idea of such a holiday was ridiculous.

President Lincoln set the date as the fourth Thursday in Nov., in 1863. He felt the nation needed a morale lift after 2 years of a devestating civil war.

The legal national holiday was not approved by Congress until 1941.

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Thanks Brian!

Christmas is my favorite....then Easter....but Thanksgiving would be my 3rd favorite. Mostly because I love my family and it's a time to really slow down and appreciate them. (and gorge on yummy food)
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Another tidbit....

Calories don't count on Thanksgiving Day!!
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I like smallfry's!!!

Thanks Brian, those were great!
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I could certainly support changing tradition from having turkey to having venison and lobster!
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Very nice Brian.
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Another tidbit.....President Roosevelt tried to change Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of the month in 1939 so stores could have a longer holiday shopping season. But mass chaos ensued with different states ignoring Roosevelt, others abiding by the new date, and others like the state of Texas celebrating on both Thursdays.
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I think it is my favorite holiday, too, since everyone gets together (one of the few times of the year that I see my extended family) and there is no shopping pressure, no gifts, no expectations, and it has not been commercialized and trivialized. It is a low-stress, relaxed and enjoyable holiday for me.

Thanks for the info, Brian - I'll definitely have to use some of that on Thanksgiving.

Anyone else have more fun facts about this holiday?
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I could certainly support changing tradition from having turkey to having venison and lobster!
Hear! Hear! I'm ALL for that! :P

Turkey's ok...but grilled venison steaks - YUM. And how can you go wrong with lobster??? I say we start a new movement.... 8)
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I think it should be NY pastrami. LOL
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