Learn about Turkey Day with these Thanksgiving fun facts.
Thanksgiving is almost here! As you get ready to spend the holiday enjoying yummy treats with friends and family, learn where our holiday traditions come from. That way you can share these Thanksgiving fun facts at your holiday table.
Declaration of Thanksgiving.
While you hear much about the Mayflower, Plymouth Colony, the Pilgrims, and the Native Americans, Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. President Lincoln established the holiday as the last Thursday in November. However, it wasn’t until 1941 that Congress officially made the day a national holiday.
Thanksgiving Around the World.
The US isn’t the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our neighbors to the north also celebrate the holiday. Canada celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday on the second Monday of October.
All About Turkey.
Turkey is a staple of the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, 46 million turkeys are eaten on the holiday. Turkeys got their name from a sort of guinea fowl that were brought to Europe by Turkish merchants. When the turkey was discovered in the New World, they were similar to the guinea fowl and the name stuck.
When the US was born, the turkey was in the running as the national bird. Benjamin Franklin was partial to the turkey, but in the end, the bald eagle won.
Shopping and Thanksgiving.
Despite the spike in sales on Black Friday, a little retail therapy after Thanksgiving is nothing new. The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade established in 1924 as the Macy’s Christmas parade was the official start to the holiday season.
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