First Thanksgiving


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The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and it only lasted three days.

Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later when Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had A little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday only after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this.

Andrew Conrad described Thanksgiving like this, “Well, I know a bunch of people came on a giant ship. They sailed over to some big place they thought was pretty cool. They got out of the boat, and proceeded to immediately attack people on sight. After a while, the victims were like, ‘Hey, have some corn.’ After that, they new people were like, ‘Uh, sure, I guess’.”

The top 10 most traditional Thanksgiving foods that people eat are… turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green bean casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.

Maddie Hamrick said, “Mashed Potatoes, mashed potatoes are my favorite food… and the ham.”

The true meaning of Thanksgiving, according to AllAboutHistory.com, focuses upon relationships. Thanksgiving is a relationship between God and man. Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging God as faithful, earnestly giving Him thanks, in advance, for His abundant blessings. Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart that reinforces an intimate relationship with God.

Freshman Justin Cole said, “ Every year we go around the table and say something we are thankful for. My cousin brought her boyfriend for the first year, and it was his turn. He said, ‘Um, I’m not sure.’ and my other cousin said, ‘Well, I’m thankful for Carly then!’ and everyone started laughing.”

Thanksgiving fun facts. Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared. Americans eat over 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.

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