Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving History

In 1621, 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. 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 Chanel)
More than one year we made silly hats out of paper, the boys a black hat and the girls white hats, and one year also made paper buckles for my shoes.  It was part of the Puritan look.  We also made decorations of Native Americans.
But what about fact or fictions:
A couple spoilers, domestic turkeys can't fly, but wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour.
Although Thanksgiving day became a National Holiday when Lincoln was president, two other presidents proclaimed national days of thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving day facts:
Remember Manteca is the pumpkin growing capital of the world, and Ripon the almond growing capital, although there are plenty of Almond orchards in Manteca.  Detroit is the place for Thanksgiving day football, and Macy's parade the place to be or what to watch.

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