We enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday every year very ungrudgingly. But we don’t really know Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving day every year.
A very long time ago over four hundred years ago in the early 60s hundreds. A group of people from England wanted to pray and worship God in their own way. Buy not the way the King of England demanded because he was in control of the Church of England.
And anyone who disagreed with the King's church and wanted to pray their own way could be sent to jail. This group of people wanted to free the Church of England from the king's rule. They wanted to make it pure.
These people were called the Puritans.There were about 100 men women and children who left England and the king and his church. They had a dream of religious freedom.
They failed on a ship. That ship was called the Mayflower. They said all the way to the new world. These brave travelers that we now call the Pilgrims land in Plymouth.
After a journey that lasted about forty five days. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock On December 11, 1620.
Wow that was a long time ago almost 400 years. The cold snowy winter of the north eastern United States that we know of now where what these pilgrims were introduced to This new land was strange to them. Nothing seemed familiar.
And many of the pilgrims are still This new world. Their winter was long called a heavy heart for the pilgrims. I should have worn a bigger jacket.
Luckily Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by giving him seeds and food. The Native Americans started to teach the Pilgrims about their new home. They also gave the pilgrims the skills needed to survive in the strange new land.
That first year in their new home was very hard for the pilgrims. However with the seeds and plants given to them from the Native Americans the Pilgrims planted crops in that fall. The Pilgrims harvest was so good and they had much food to share.
To celebrate the crops and the help from the Native Americans. The Pilgrims had a feast of Thanksgiving many different foods were cooked for the Feast, Ducks, Geese, fish and venison which is deer meat was served along with fish, pumpkins, squash, corn, sweet potatoes and cranberries.
There was actually no turkey. Served on that very first Thanksgiving believe it or not. And yes pumpkins were at the feast but not pumpkin pie and no cranberry sauce as well. Just cranberries with some other fruits.
Captain Myles Standish who was the leader of the Pilgrims decided to invite all of the Native Americans who had helped them so much during their first year.
Everyone had such a great time celebrating this feast together. It lasted for three days. Your mama. This feast from the harvest in 1621 is often called the first stink skipping. The first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President George Washington.
In 1789 over the years the day we now celebrate as Thanksgiving became an important tradition in the United States a day of giving thanks for all that we have.
But this may not have happened if it wasn't for Sarah Josepha Hale that she wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb. The song actually has absolutely zero to do with Thanksgiving. I just really like lamps.
That's right Quinn. Besides writing the song Mary Had a Little Lamb. Sarah also convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
After writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen. Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday in November should be celebrated as Thanksgiving because it has been celebrated every year in the United States.
Thanksgiving was finally made an official federal holiday and moved to the fourth Thursday of November in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Thanksgiving Turkey Facts
Almost 90 percent of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving each year. Wow. That's a lot of turkey
About 46 million turkeys are eaten every thanksgiving day.
But for almost 70 years the current president of the United States has chosen one lucky turkey to not be chosen for Thanksgiving and that Turkey will live on the farm until it passes away of old age.
Have you ever had a TV dinner or microwave arable dinner. Well did you know that Thanksgiving is the reason that these were invented.
See in 1953 the company Swanson had so much left over turkey over two hundred and sixty tons that someone from the company had the idea to package the leftover turkey onto aluminum trays and include some other sides like sweet potatoes.
The company decided this was a great idea and that's how TV dinners were born. And for our final fact about Thanksgiving.
Do you know what balloon character has been on more Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade than any other. Leave your guests in the comments below. And let's see if you're right. The answer is. Snoopy.