Thursday, November 22, 2007

RIP 50 Million Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving. I found this interesting historical note on Maggies Farm. I always liked the Cranberry Jelly and the Pumpkin Pie, served up at Thanksgiving Dinner.

There were two first Thanksgivings - one in 1619 in Virginia, and the next in 1621 in Plymouth (Massachusetts).

In Virginia the day of thanksgiving celebrated the landing of a group of 38 English settlers at Virginia's first settlement a little way from Jamestown. The group declared it a day of thanksgiving and said thanks should be "yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving ..."

In Plymouth 1621, the Governor of the day, William Branford, declared that first feast following the fall harvest as a "day of thanksgiving."

Thereafter, the day following the fall harvest was celebrated each year in all 13 colonies, tho the days changed depending on which state you happened to be harvesting in.

In 1863, in an effort to unite the nation during the Civil War, President Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Proclamation, and declared the last Thursday in the month of November be a day of thanksgiving.

Jump ahead to 1939 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that the best way to strengthen the economy was the lengthen the Christmas buying season, and made his own proclamation -Thanksgiving heretofore will be on the third Thursday in November. Well, Congress didn't agree and in 1941 pushed the date to the fourth Thursday in November - until this year.
Turns out our friend is wrong, since this Thursday is the fourth Thursday of the Month. Thanks to Meeyaw in comments.


Andree said...

50 million?? That's too many little birdies dying for us.

You have Thanksgiving too? I'm confused because ours IS the fourth Thursday this year. The first Thursday was November 1. But perhaps you are not talking about ours?

jmb said...

Meeyaw said it already. Tomorrow is the fourth Thursday and Thanksgiving in the USA.
That is a lot of birds and a very sobering thought.

Colin Campbell said...

I am wrong. Our Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Saturday if we manage to kick out John Winston Howard and his cronies. I can't vote, so am relying on others to do the deed. I am just interested in Thanksgiving because I lived there for many years and thought it was one of the nicest things about living there. I had many great Thanksgiving Celebrations in Strafford Vermont. A very nice place to visit at that time of year.

fake consultant said...

in an effort to lenghten the christmas shopping season still further, "thanksgiving season" is being bypassed, with a growing number of retailers putting up the christmas decorations immediately after halloween.

que lastima!

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