We have been talking about Thanksgiving around our house, a lot! Planning the menu, whose coming over, kids feasts at school, the list goes on and on. On a side note my hubs is a big history fan (I know doesn’t seem to fit for those of you whom know him). Anyhoo, he was telling us how inspired he was by watching a special on Abraham Lincoln. He was saying how if he ever had another child (did he really say that?) he would love to name the baby Lincoln (Yes please, love that name!). Our son was listening away, and he said “You know Abraham Lincoln started Thanksgiving”. Both D and I were like, well didn’t the Pilgrims and Native Americans start it? The guys start jawing back and forth, and I got on the computer and googled it, lol! Turns out they are both right, I love smart children! So here are some fun Thanksgiving facts for you all!
*In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
*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.
*The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. (Can you imagine how chubby we would all get, yikes)
*Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table. Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
*The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. (We may not want to share this with the kiddos!)
Go and be Thankful for something!