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.
Happy Thanksgiving All