History of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving has been around for a long time. In November of 1621 is when the first unofficial Thanksgiving was. William Bradford decided after the first harvest that the Pilgrims would have a feast. The feast is unclear about what was on the menu, but there are records of five deer being hunted and used. In 1817, nearly two centuries later, New York was the first state to adopt Thanksgiving as an official holiday. When Abraham Lincoln came to the presidency, he made it an official holiday to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. This was later changed to a week earlier by Franklin Roosevelt, to what we now celebrate.

Thanksgiving was originally celebrated to “give thanks” to God and everything we have.  The meals may have started in a way similar to the picture above. Many now use the time to celebrate with football and plentiful amounts of food. Another tradition most people may know about is the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade that occurs every year in New York.

Lots of traditional Thanksgiving foods are turkey and pumpkin pie. What’s your favorite traditional Thanksgiving food? I know one thing I look forward to every year is my grandma’s mashed potatoes!  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.

By: McKenzie Tooman

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