The history of Thanksgiving

Is any one else curious about the The History of Thanksgiving?

Do you all remember history class in middle school ? ( I know it’s been some time aha) Well here’s a refresher course , join me as we travel decades in the past .

Welcome to the year 1621 where history teaches us according to history.com “the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.fun fact that history.com states  For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.” (history.com)

 

According to history.com For many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. I must agree with this statement as i myself celebrate cooking and spending time with family and friends. the number one cooked meat for Americans is non other than Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple  it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. (we really do not know)

Today, however,f Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.Americans  are taught this is the holiday to give back and give thanks for all that we have.

 

Parades have also become a part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the large and well known attracting many Philadelphia and other individuals from other parts of the states. Also drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters. If you’ve never been to a parade and your in the east coast you have to try Philadelphia or New York’s parade.

I hope you all enjoyed the history of Thanksgiving and include the turkey and parade in your Thanksgiving plans.

Happy eating foodies.

(PS: thanksgiving is 2 days away! )

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