Monday, November 24, 2008

A Golden Thanksgiving

"Facts About the Turkey Day"

The first formally declared Day of Thanksgiving was June 29, 1676, and President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day. How about that!

Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America. All across the country, millions of Americans stuff turkeys, decorate the dinner table, and give thanks to God for a variety of things. Of particular interest to non-Americans and native Americans alike, is its history.Now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving was officially declared this date of celebration by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. However it wasn't until a year later, that President Roosevelt signed this declaration into US law.

Today, Thanksgiving is also known as Turkey Day (from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner), T-Day (abbreviation for "Thanksgiving" or "Turkey"), or Macy's Day (in reference to Macy's Thanksgiving day parade). T-Day from its very conception began way back in the 1600s when Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate their survival and harvest of their first winter in North America. From its conception, Thanksgiving has always been a family ordeal, celebrated with a feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, pumpkin pie and/or pecan pie is usually enjoyed. Of course, variations of how these dishes are served are found in secular parts of the country and within each culture. Some people like to include oysters in their Thanksgiving stuffing, for example, while others like to eat duck instead of turkey. In Louisiana, some people likes to cook a stuffed duck inside of a stuffed turkey! Vegetarians may eat tofurkey (healthy healthy), which is a creative way of serving tofu - a strategy that may or may not contribute the to the fact that over forty-four millions turkeys are eaten every year!

Turkey Anyone? :)

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