22 November 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The teacher in me feels the driving need to tell you some fun Thanksgiving facts....

1597 We Gather Together was written and sung in the Netherlands.

1619 the first Thanksgiving dinner took place on the James River.

1621, another Thanksgiving took place, the one that school children all over the US learn about, with Squanto and all his friends invited to partake in food they brought.

1777 Presidential proclamations of thanksgiving were made through 1815, when they stopped.

1789 George Washington made a national day of prayer that was a part of the constitution.

1844 Over the River and through the Woods was originally written for Christmas.

1863 Sarah Josepha Hale pressured Abraham Lincoln into making the last Thursday of November a national holiday. And so he did.

1924 The first Macy's thanksgiving day parade was started. Balloons started appearing in 1927.

1925 The first NFL football game was held on Thanksgiving with the Bears and their cross town rivals, the Cardinals ending in a 0-0 tie.

1939 FDR made Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

1970s the term Black Friday appeared, due largely to the amount of traffic being seen.

1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving premiers and has been seen continuously since.

1989 George Bush originated the Turkey Pardon although there is a story that Abe Lincoln "stayed the execution" of a turkey on behalf of his son Tad.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Thanksgiving!

8 comments :

  1. Hi Terri,
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Many Blessings,
    Sandy :)

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  2. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  3. Tooo funny!! I used the same photo for my post today. I love Charlie Brown.


    Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend. Have a wonderful day filled with love, happiness, good food, family and many wonderful memory making moments!

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Oh, and I love facts like that. Thanks.

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  5. May today and every day be blessed with simple, quiet moments of thanksgiving!! Happy Thanksgiving to my dear American friends from across the border:-) xoxo

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

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  7. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I thought about you yesterday. We are doing the big dinner thing today. Did you get to be with your Mom? I'm amazed how fast the days off school fly by!!!! It's almost down to just another weekend now... Whew!

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  8. Hope your Thanksgiving was great!
    Nan

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