Papale on Thanksgiving

thanksgivingBy Steve Papale

Well it’s that time of year again – stagnant markets and of course (gobble gobble) Thanksgiving.  We here at DiscoverOptions being the full service educators that we are will provide some mission critical facts concerning our most famous food induced napping holiday.  Enjoy!

The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620 (they were aiming for the New York area – see item 4 below)

They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.

They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.

The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited there.

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. (see item 4)

President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.

Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.

Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

Turkeys have poor night vision.

It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

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