By The Web Success Team –
The first Thanksgiving celebration is believed to have taken place in 1621, when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians got together and celebrated the autumn harvest. The tradition continued for many years, but it wasn’t a national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln officially declared it during the Civil War.
Today Thanksgiving has many meanings, based on various family traditions. It can be anything from watching football, to eating juicy turkey or reuniting with family members we don’t see often.
For a little diversion, here are some facts to share around the family feast:
- The first Thanksgiving lasted three days
- Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast
- The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird
- Turkey has more protein than beef or chicken
- Only male turkeys gobble while hens make a clucking sound
- Fully grown turkeys have 3,500 feathers
- Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly
- Turkeys have heart attacks
- The heaviest turkey was 86 pounds
The Web Success Team wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. We hope you are able to be with your families to share the start of this wonderful holiday season.