Did you know that Thanksgiving was almost a fasting holiday…yeah how would you like to be Fasting tomorrow?!
Did you know, the First Thanksgiving was actually a 3 Day Feast! So we replaced two days with shopping…I’d rather eat.
Thanksgiving is such a historic holiday in our country and dates back to 1621. That’s a crazy long time ago. Our country fought hard for our land, our people and our right to eat a massive feast! Actually, specifically the Holiday is credited to Josepha Hale (writer of Mary Had a Little Lamb). She wrote letters to President Lincoln for 17 years trying to convince him to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday. It finally passed in 1863. History lesson right there!
We all owe a huge Thank You to the Wampanoag Indians who joined the Pilgrims for that historic first three day feast. The Pilgrims actually sat down to Fast and pray over their harvest. When the Wampanoag showed up with food, it turned into a 3 Day Feast! So thank you! Thank you!
Did you know turkeys weren’t actually served at the First Thanksgiving. It would have most likely been geese or other wild game. Not to worry though, one lucky turkey is pardoned every year by the President of the United States. This tradition began in 1947 with President Truman. Thank you Mr. President for sparing this turkey’s life!
These are just a few fun facts, you can explore more online…the history is deep. I will leave you with this speech given by President Abraham Lincoln;
“It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”