Happiest Thanksgiving for those celebrating today! Over the years, the way we spend the day changes but every year without fail I am asked about the tradition and every year without fail, I mumble some narrative about Pilgrims and Indians without too much elaboration. If you're in a nerdy, sharing mood as I am currently- here are a few things I learned from this site:
- The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. It was marked as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of a successful harvest that year.
- Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
- Some historians say that the first thanksgiving feast was thought to include venison and seafood. (No turkey!)
- Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947.
- Thanksgiving: the catalyst for packaged dinners. In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that Gerry Thomas, a salesman at the company, had a better idea. He got inspired by airplane meals and brought together 5,000 aluminum trays and loads of turkey, peas and sweet potatoes. And, the first TV dinner was born.
More of this sort of thing can be seen here from Huffington Post.
On a softer note, Thanksgiving or no Thanksgiving- here's to finding a moment today for light and gratitude. Wishing you a sweet one.
ps. This post is well worth the read. And this video a funny watch.
*Images from our recent trip to Howth taken by the incredibly lovely and talented, Aga.