Thanksgiving Is Here!

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Thanksgiving Is Here!
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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 Europen 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.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.

The Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a lot different than first. While Americans should acknowledge the atrocities of the country's founding fathers, the focus has shifted to "what we're grateful for" paired with watching football and getting the best deals for the following holiday. The NFL’s three-game Thanksgiving scheduled brought in nearly 68 million combined viewers in 2017, and Americans spent more than $5.03 billion on Black Friday online shopping – on top of the billions spent preparing for Thanksgiving itself, according to WalletHub

Per usual, Ed is fascinated by the numbers of major holidays. The infographic by WalletHub below is filled with fun facts on every aspect of Thanksgiving, from how much we spend to how much we eat.

Thanksgiving-2019-By-The-Numbers

Source: WalletHub

 

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a-1582011389 Dec 01, 2019 10:45 AM
Thanksgiving Is Here!

We had one heck of a Thanksgiving this year.....cannot believe that I am even able to walk!! As far as I can remember, we had Alaskan King Crab legs w/rosemary butter dipping sauce, oysters on the half shell, roasted turkey with white wine, sausage gravy, sourdough herb stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, creamy mashed red taters, roasted Brussels sprouts, corn salad (w/bacon & honey, Waldorf salad, broccoli/cauliflower gratin, sweet potato casserole complete with walnuts and marshmallow topping, homemade cornbread, and for dessert we had pecan pie, fruit and nut trifle. Someone brought a Costco-size bottle of Knob Creek, and another guest whipped out a few Cubans to finish off the evening. We are still enjoying the leftovers.....my goodness I had no idea that leftovers could be soooooooo good!!!

Flicka Nov 28, 2019 02:11 PM
Thanksgiving Is Here!

Extremely interesting, thanks. I don't get that the shopping for "Black Friday" now starts on Thanksgiving evening. Can't imagine going out and hustling through crowds to buy stuff after a nice big family turkey meal.

NostraChumash Nov 28, 2019 10:36 AM
Thanksgiving Is Here!

Sorry to burst the bubble, but the Western academic telling of the "1st thanxgvng", is a completely false narrative, just as Island of the blue dolphins is a made-up story, perpetuated until accepted as "true". Actually, this is a day of mourning & remembrance for our ancestors who gave all..including their lives.

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