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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Thanksgiving Day 2019


Here in the UK the Countdown to Christmas continues. Christmas Cards are being written, Christmas Gifts being bought … and possibly you've got some food in the cupboard or freezer waiting to be consumed over the Christmas festivities.

Of course if like me you have American friends and bloggers they have been getting ready for Thanksgiving Day which is on Thursday 28th November … for our blogging friends in Canada they have already celebrated theirs!

Yes, "Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. In the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier (second Monday of October). Thanksgiving has deep roots in religious tradition, but nowadays it is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.

Thanksgiving tradition began in early XVII century, but the date and popularity varied between states. First nation-wide Thanksgiving was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington. The contemporary date of fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by federal legislation.

Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize and enjoy each other's company, sometimes the only opportunity in a year. Some prefer it to Christmas because of less emphasis on consumerism. Thanksgiving, for most, is also a start of a four day weekend which is great, too.

Thanksgiving Date

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday of November. The rule of declaring the final Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day was followed until 1939. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the fourth (next-to-last) Thursday of November as Thanksgiving instead of the last, fifth one. The change of Thanksgiving's date was intended to extend the shopping season before Christmas and help bring the country out of The Great Depression. In the same manner, Thanksgiving in 1949 and 1941 was celebrated on third (next-to-last) Thursdays. In December 1941 Thanksgiving date was fixed as the fourth Thursday in November.

Interesting facts about Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving predates American Thanksgiving by 43 years. The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in 1578 in what is now Newfoundland, Canada. The first American Thanksgiving happened in 1621 at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts.

Sarah Joseph Hale, who is the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" had contributed to the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. After 17 years of sending letters to President Lincoln, she had convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. Before Thanksgiving, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) and Independence Day. 


The TV dinner was invented in 1953 when Swanson had 260 tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and no idea what to do with it. When asked, one of the employees said that they should package it in trays with sides and freeze. 

There is/was* a grocery in Paris named "Thanksgiving" that sells US food like Skippy peanut butter, Jello Instant Pudding, and Pop-Tarts to homesick ex-pats. (*may now be closed) 

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers and septic companies who call it "Brown Friday". 

NASA engineers responsible for the Voyager program calculated trajectories for around 10,000 launch windows, from which they selected about 100 that met the mission objectives while minimizing planetary encounters taking place over the Thanksgiving or Christmas, allowing them to spend the holidays at home. 

In 2013, Tony Rohr who was a manager at Pizza Hut franchise in Elkhart, Indiana, was fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day so that his employees could spend the holiday with their families. He was offered the job back." 
Words and picture from here

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This blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.


Enjoy the season and celebrations

All the best Jan

32 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I like the idea of a day to give thanks.

John M said...

You all have a happy Thanksgiving.

Mary Kirkland said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tom said...

...we look forward to Thanksgiving Day, but each day should be a day for giving thanks.

Valerie-Jael said...

It's always good to remember how much we have for which we can be thankful, and spending time with friends/family is always precious. Valerie

Christine said...

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends!

Lisabella Russo said...

I enjoyed reading about Thanksgiving, thank you!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I enjoyed that. sandie

happyone said...

Thanks for all those Thanksgiving day facts.

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is a fun read! I never knew the origin of frozen dinners until now!

DMS said...

I am amazed my the Swanson frozen dinner fact. Who knew?! Lots of interesting tidbits here. Thanks for sharing and good luck getting everything ready for Christmas! :)
~Jess

Susan Kane said...

Thanks for the T-giving history! Most history stops after the Pilgrims.

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, who knew the first Thanksgiving was in Newfoundland. Those PIlgrims not only stole from Native American graves but also the holiday. But that's OK, there is enough reasons for giving thanks to go around. Thanks for the interesting article.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Interesting read indeed. An American thing!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tina

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was so glad you brought this to the forefront tonight. So many people even in the states, don't realize that Lincoln was responsible for Thanksgiving as a holiday. I laughed a few years ago when I learned about Swanson's tv dinners. Waste not, want not (and make a profit, too!). Thank you for this history lesson about Thanksgiving for both Canada and the States.

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the fun facts, Jan:) And for the yummy recipes, too!!

DeniseinVA said...

Great post, thank you Jan :)

Jeanie said...

I love Canada's idea of having it in October. Ah well. From one holiday to the next!

peppylady (Dora) said...

We going to my youngest in law for dinner.

Kay said...

Oh my! So many interesting facts. I have a feeling a lot of Americans don't know the history of the 1st Thanksgiving. I believe the Wampanoag people who are supposed to be part of the first Thanksgiving consider Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning for the diseases, racism and oppression that followed.

Iris Flavia said...

Interesting facts! Thank you. So sad we do not give thanks here.
Farmers from all over Germany the other day drove with their tractors to Berlin to demonstrate against their bad work conditions ("No farmers, no food, no future"). How different things are in the world.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wonderful post, Jan. Thank you.

God bless.

baili said...

AMAZING post dear Jan!!!!!
thank you so much for wonderful details ,i enjoyed knowing about this great holiday ,loved the all you shred here ,so interesting facts :) specially the Nasa fact touched my heart !

Being grateful for what we have gives us peace of mind and meaning to our existence to grow better for not just for ourselves but for all

Jo said...

Some interesting facts, many of which I didn't already know.

Khaya Ronkainen said...

Thanks Jan for interesting facts about Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it this side. But I'll surely be searching your resourceful blog for Christmas recipes, especially for an interesting twist to some of the traditional dishes. :)

Jeff (Sage) said...

There are some interesting tidbits about the holiday here. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day, for all days should be one of Thanksgiving.

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun facts. Thank you!

Divers and Sundry said...

Thanksgiving feasting! And parades and football games and such, too, and I think some lose sight of the "thanksgiving" part. I appreciate a day set aside to focus on being grateful, and I try to carry that through each day. Thank you for the history :)

William Kendall said...

A whole lot of information.

aussie aNNie said...

As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, I found the reading factors interesting so I do hope and wish you all a wonderful day.x

Snowbird said...

I did enjoy this.xxx