Thrilling Thanksgiving – Fun Facts

Stuffing your face with food and spending time with family is what we do on Thanksgiving, but how did it come to be?

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Thrilling Thanksgiving – Fun Facts

Avi Fairchild, Contributor

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  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn’t survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

 

  • Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later! 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, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

 

  • No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn’t eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

 

  • No forks at the first Thanksgiving! The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks! That’s right, forks weren’t even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren’t a popular utensil until the 18th century.

 

  • If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had “bad moral character.” A turkey, on the other hand, was a “much more respectable bird.”

Fact credits: http://allparenting.com/my-life/articles/969379/20-thanksgiving-fun-facts-to-teach-kids

        https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/health/thanksgiving-fun-facts-trivia-trnd/index.html

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