Well, it looks like National Blog Posting Month, or NatBloPoMo, is winding down, and that Thanksgiving is coming up tomorrow; But I certainly do not want to end this blogging month for me without teaching you some facts about this most succulent holiday. Yes, every one of you Americans, including us, celebrate Thanksgiving every year, but how much do you REALLY know about the holiday?! Let’s take a look at some not-so-uninteresting facts…
- The very first Canadian Thanksgiving is said to have occurred in 1578 when an explorer by the name of Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England, which was jolly good!
- The very first Thanksgiving was held in the United States at Plymouth in 1621; A very good harvest had prompted this feast, which was celebrated by pilgrims and Puritans.
- It has been a tradition each year for the President of the United States to pardon a turkey. The turkey is lucky enough to be guaranteed spending the rest of its life to live freely and not end up on a turkey platter. YOWCH!
- That very first Thanksgiving feast consisted of chestnuts, dried fruit, cabbage, lobster, onions, leeks, carrots, honey, chicken, rabbit, and maple syrup, among other items. And NO, pumpkin pies, mashed potatoes, or even corn on the cob were served at that feast.
- Sarah Josepha Hale persuaded President Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, and in 1863, he did just that-He declared that the national day for Thanksgiving was, and always is, to be held on the very last Thursday in November.
- Approximately 280 million turkeys in the United States alone are consumed on Thanksgiving.
- And finally, here is one more not-so-uninteresting fact: If any of you plan on serving your Thanksgiving dinner buffet style, then please remember the two-hour rule: Any food that has been left over after two hours should very well be disposed of.