History Of Thanksgiving

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History of Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered how and when Thanksgiving started.  Many cultures and countries have a day of gratitude.  Canada, China, Japan and a handful of others just had their national day of thanks in October,  It is a wonderful time no matter what country, religion or political beliefs you may have to just say "Thank You".  

Thanksgiving in America traditionally kicks off the holiday season, which continues from the end of November and goes through to New Year’s Eve. Do you how did Thanksgiving become a national holiday? Did the Pilgrims from really start the tradition?  Did they really eat Turkey?

The very first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and it originally was when the Pilgrims were abstaining from food to give thanks.  Luckily for us, the Wamapanoag showed up with a more tribe members than Pilgrims so majority won and they held a festival for three days and definitely ate!   The first "Thanksgiving" meal included local harvest and game such as venison, fish, shellfish, cranberries and pumpkin.  

In 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts determined that the community needed to set aside a day to express thanks for the blessings they had received. June 29 was chosen to be this day of thanksgiving. On October of 1777, all thirteen colonies joined in a one-time thanksgiving celebration. George Washington then declared a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln instituted the last Thursday in November to be celebrated nationally as a day of thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day forward one week, as it is presently celebrated.

The world would be a better place if we practice gratitude daily.