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Fun Thanksgiving Facts!

October 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! What will be on your tables and wineglasses on this very festive occasion? For sure, Thanksgiving dinner will be a sumptuous event to look forward to. But just how much do we really know about Thanksgiving given that we celebrate it every year? Let’s do a little exploration of some fun Thanksgiving facts today and find out if those traditions are still being observed at the dinner table ^_^.

Pilgrims

First and foremost, let’s dig up a bit of history on this tasty occasion. Did you know it was actually the Plymouth Pilgrims that celebrated the first ever Thanksgiving? They journeyed to North America on board a ship called the “Mayflower.” The very first Thanksgiving was then celebrated at Plymouth, Massachusets.

So what comprised the first ever Thanksgiving meal? For the record, the first Thanksgiving feast lasted for three whole days with the pilgrims serving a variety of foods that were not the usual fare we see on our tables today. It was said that the dinner table was filled with dishes consisting of rabbit, eggs, goat cheese, carrots, chicken, fish, onions, dried fruits, hickory nuts, radishes, maple syrup, and honey. The ever popular turkey and pumpkin pie which usually grace our dinner tables were still non-existent.

Thanksgiving was officially declared a national holiday on October 3, 1863. The one who was instrumental in making this happen was actually the author of the famous nursery rhyme, “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Sarah Josepha Hale started the campaign to have America recognize Thanksgiving as a National Holiday, campaigning for nearly 20 years to realize this goal. It was only towards the end of the Civil War that her wish was fulfilled, when her final letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863 was answered positively on October 3 of the same year.

Thanksgiving

Source: Thanksgiving Meals in Pigeon Forge

After it was recognized as a national holiday, Hale continued with her campaign and circulated various recipes which eventually became the regular fare on dinner tables. It was during this time that stuffed turkey, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob became Thanksgiving dinner staples. At present, statistics show that around 280 million turkeys are being sold annually every Thanksgiving.

In addition, Americans have taken to turning this occasion into a wine tasting affair as well, whether formal and informal. Millions of bottles are being popped open each year as commercial wine establishments watched their sales soar. Still, the underlying theme for this celebration has remained unchanged ever since the pilgrims set foot in North America. It’s to literally “give thanks” to the gifts of freedom and plenty. So how about you? What will you be eating and toasting to this Thanksgiving? Celebrate with us and let’s say *cheers* to a bountiful season! ^_^


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