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By edhat staff

The Thanksgiving holiday is a bit more than just turkey and pie, it's a historical event that began with the settlers of the Plymouth Colony and their Wampanoag tribe predecessors in 1621.

According to history, the colonists and natives shared an autumn harvest feast, and for more than two centuries, days of "thanksgiving" were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

While the feast between the colonists and Wampanoag tribe was peaceful, it's unfortunately, one of the only instances in American history. Native people were systematically killed by European settlers, effectively wiping out tribes and villages resulting in millions of deaths. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.”

The Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a lot different than the first. While Americans should acknowledge the atrocities of the country's colonizers, the focus has shifted to "what we're grateful for" paired with watching football and getting the best deals for the following holiday.

The average person’s spending over the five-day Thanksgiving period is $301 and over $835 million is the estimated amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year, with 46 million turkeys killed for the holiday, according to WalletHub

Check out more holiday numbers below and enjoy a safe Thanksgiving with loved ones.

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John Wiley Nov 23, 2022 06:25 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!

Ed, you're the Best! Thanks for another year of local news, happenings, and discussion.

Benicee Nov 23, 2022 09:20 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!

We are all Americans. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours:-)

willow Nov 24, 2022 07:16 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to Ed and the crew! And thanks for telling us how many hours to burn off the calories from Thanksgiving dinner! =0]

a-1669315331 Nov 24, 2022 10:42 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

Does $33 for 1 calorie of Thanksgiving dinner at the 2019 "Homestead" event in NYC fit your budget? I'd rather invest in something on Black Friday, but tastes differ.

tlachiquero Nov 26, 2022 10:06 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

For another perspective, ask a Native American what they are thankful for.

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