One account explained it this way. “The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgiving”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.”
“Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress”, again, according to one source.
Much has changed over the years, but still one of our favorite holidays celebrated by a feast usually consisting of turkey and all the dressings….and football…..and time with family and friends.
In recent years, Black Friday, an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, is regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season…
So much for the history, enjoy today with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving….
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year, and then discover once a year is way too often. Johnny Carson
Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before. Rita Rudner
Thanksgiving – when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook. Melanie White
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