• Kayla Plastiak

DID YOU KNOW THESE THANKSGIVING FACTS?


Sometimes life can get a little crazy and we tend to forget about the real meaning behind why we celebrate holidays. Thanksgiving tends to be no different due to the massive amounts of delicious food and all the love from family and friends. We decided to take a little out of today to list a few Thanksgiving facts, in hopes to remind you the real reason of this feasting holiday!

  1. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. The settlers’ first corn harvest was so successful that they decided to invite the Native Americans to also enjoy the harvest, as they also came bearing more food to share.

  2. Surprise- Turkey was not served at the original Thanksgiving Festival! It is more than likely that venison, lobster, fish, fruits and vegetables were all present on the table during the festival.

  3. Thanksgiving was not proclaimed a national holiday until October 3, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. He declared this after Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” had written letters for 17 years attempting to convince him.

  4. In 1939, President Roosevelt switched the date of Thanksgiving from the fourth Thursday in November to the third Thursday in November. This upset football coaches and producers of the yearly calendar, as the dates were now listed incorrectly.

  5. The tradition of football on Thanksgiving did not begin until 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were not played on Thanksgiving until 1920.

On the other hand, we are always thankful for your love and support of the Ada Community and The Lucas Howard Group. We hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day Celebration!

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