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Fun facts about Thanksgiving

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — It’s Thanksgiving, and dinner doesn’t have to be the only thing to enjoy. If relatives and friends have gathered for this holiday, why not talk about the holiday itself and festive facts?

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In the years before the colonists arrived, Relatives celebrated different thanksgiving days. For example, they celebrated “Strawberry Thanksgiving” and “Green Corn Thanksgiving.” The English also had traditions of thanksgiving. In the summer of 1623, for example, they declared a day of thanksgiving at the end of a long drought.

Sarah Josepha Hale’s influence can be seen in historic sites and a famous national holiday that is still widely celebrated today. (Scanned engraving Getty Images 1855)

Since 1846, the poet Sarah Josepha Halewho is best known for creating the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Lamb,” ordered the president and other leading politicians to push for a national celebration of Thanksgiving.

While the nation was in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed into law a “National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Hale’s letter to Lincoln is often cited as a major factor in his decision.

First Lady Grace Coolidge shows off her pet raccoon to children gathered on the White House grounds. (Photo by HE French/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

In 1926, Winnie Joyce of Nitta Yuma, Mississippi sent US President Calvin Coolidge a live raccoon to be killed and served for Thanksgiving dinner. However, the president was so fond of the furry animal that he pardoned it and kept it as a pet. He named him Rebecca.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon Parade on November 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Galagursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.)

Before the glitter and dozens of floats, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade had humble beginnings in the 1920s. The event, first known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade, was held only by store employees to get shoppers shopping for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Live animals from the Central Park Zoo were used on floats during the first parades.

Swanson 1977 TV Dinner package, photo. (AP Newsroom)

In 1953, the former Swanson company had over 200 tons of leftover poultry after Thanksgiving. Using 5,000 aluminum trays and a hand-wrapped assembly line, they created a Thanksgiving-inspired dish with leftover turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes.

The meal was sold for a total of 98 cents, and they sold millions of meals in their first full year of production, starting the prepackaged frozen food industry.

President George W. Bush (1924 – 2018) answers a question from one of the school children attending the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, DC, November 14, 1990. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images )

November 17, 1989. President George W. Bush noticed a 50-kilogram turkey in v The White House Rose Garden during the public presentation of the fat man.

Noting that the turkey looked “obviously nervous,” Bush added: “Let me assure you and this wonderful Tom turkey that he will not be on anyone’s dinner table but this guy’s. At the moment, he is pardoned by the president.”

Decades later, the presidential turkey pardon remains an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

Turkey is a town in Hall County, Texas that was named after wild turkeys. (Getty Images)

There is a town in Texas called Turkey.

When Turkey, Texas was founded, the post office was a dugout, and the dugout was on a creek where wild turkeys roosted, thus Turkey got its name.

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Fun facts about Thanksgiving

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — It’s Thanksgiving, and dinner doesn’t have to be the only thing to enjoy. If relatives and friends have gathered for this holiday, why not talk about the holiday itself and festive facts?

(Getty Images)

In the years before the colonists arrived, Relatives celebrated different thanksgiving days. For example, they celebrated “Strawberry Thanksgiving” and “Green Corn Thanksgiving.” The English also had traditions of thanksgiving. In the summer of 1623, for example, they declared a day of thanksgiving at the end of a long drought.

Sarah Josepha Hale’s influence can be seen in historic sites and a famous national holiday that is still widely celebrated today. (Scanned engraving Getty Images 1855)

Since 1846, the poet Sarah Josepha Halewho is best known for creating the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Lamb,” ordered the president and other leading politicians to push for a national celebration of Thanksgiving.

While the nation was in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed into law a “National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Hale’s letter to Lincoln is often cited as a major factor in his decision.

First Lady Grace Coolidge shows off her pet raccoon to children gathered on the White House grounds. (Photo by HE French/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

In 1926, Winnie Joyce of Nitta Yuma, Mississippi sent US President Calvin Coolidge a live raccoon to be killed and served for Thanksgiving dinner. However, the president was so fond of the furry animal that he pardoned it and kept it as a pet. He named him Rebecca.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon Parade on November 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Galagursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.)

Before the glitter and dozens of floats, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade had humble beginnings in the 1920s. The event, first known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade, was held only by store employees to get shoppers shopping for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Live animals from the Central Park Zoo were used on floats during the first parades.

Swanson 1977 TV Dinner package, photo. (AP Newsroom)

In 1953, the former Swanson company had over 200 tons of leftover poultry after Thanksgiving. Using 5,000 aluminum trays and a hand-wrapped assembly line, they created a Thanksgiving-inspired dish with leftover turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes.

The meal was sold for a total of 98 cents, and they sold millions of meals in their first full year of production, starting the prepackaged frozen food industry.

President George W. Bush (1924 – 2018) answers a question from one of the school children attending the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, DC, November 14, 1990. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images )

November 17, 1989. President George W. Bush noticed a 50-kilogram turkey in v The White House Rose Garden during the public presentation of the fat man.

Noting that the turkey looked “obviously nervous,” Bush added: “Let me assure you and this wonderful Tom turkey that he will not be on anyone’s dinner table but this guy’s. At the moment, he is pardoned by the president.”

Decades later, the presidential turkey pardon remains an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

Turkey is a town in Hall County, Texas that was named after wild turkeys. (Getty Images)

There is a town in Texas called Turkey.

When Turkey, Texas was founded, the post office was a dugout, and the dugout was on a creek where wild turkeys roosted, thus Turkey got its name.

Reported by Source link

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