Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday or celebration is in fact celebrated in many countries. Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival and celebrates the harvest when it is completed and the work is done. Worldwide, harvest celebrations are observed with different names and at different times depending on the harvest season of the country. Ask questions here about the origin and traditions surrounding Thanksgiving such as foods served, giving thanks, and parades.

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Food & Cooking
Holidays and Traditions

What is the absolute best Thanksgiving dish? What's the absolute worst?

Stuffing. As Kevin said, it goes well with everything and stands up in the 'leftover' test! Honorable mention to green bean casserole. The 'worst' ... just don't get too creative. I like all the traditional stuff and I'm willing to accept change, but don't have Thanksgiving dinner be your testing table. If you're going to introduce something to the best meal of the year, be sure first it's a winner!
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What years was Thanksgiving on November 23?

Thanksgiving was on November 23 in 1961, 1967, 1072, 1978, 1989, 1995, 2000 and 2006.

Thanksgiving will be on November 23 in 2017, 2023, 2028, 2034 and 2045.

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US Presidents
Abraham Lincoln

When did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?

President Lincoln signed a proclamation in 1863 asking "all Americans to ask God to "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife" and to "heal the wounds of the nation." He made the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. Congress would riot make Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1870.

The first official US holidays were declared by Congress on June 28, 1870. New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day were all declared holidays in the first act. George Washington's Birthday was declared a holiday in 1871.

Interesting Facts:

According to Title 5 of the US Code, neither Congress or the President has the authority to declare a holiday that must be enforced by the states - Federal holidays are only applicable to Federal employees and the District of Columbia.

Each state chooses which holidays it will recognize.

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"The act of June 28, 1870, which was apparently prompted by a memorial drafted

by local "bankers and business men," provided that New Year's Day, Independence

Day, Christmas Day, and "any day appointed or recommended by the President of the

United States as a day of public fasting or thanksgiving [were] to be holidays within the District." This legislation was drafted "to correspond with similar laws of States

around the District,"3 and "in every State of the Union."

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What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving?

This year I’m thankful for many things, but most notably the people in my life. Whether it be friends, family, or coworkers, I consider myself lucky for the personalities and characters who have been kind enough to play a part in my story.

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What was the name of the pet turkey served as the Thanksgiving dinner in the movie 'Giant'?

Pedro
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When where and how did Thanksgiving originate?

The original Thanksgiving appears to have been an offshoot of the harvest festivals, or harvest-home ceremonies, in England. During these ceremonies, people set aside days specifically for the purpose of thanking God for their plentiful harvest. There were also Thanksgiving harvest festivals in some European nations, such as the Erntedankfest in Germany, a tradition still continued today.

It remains hotly debated where and when the first Thanksgiving actually came about.

Thanksgiving is traditionally associated with the arrival of the Pilgrims. During the early 17th century, all religion in England was strictly dictated by the government, and all were required to conform to severe religious restrictions. Individual beliefs and independent ways to worship were forbidden, punishable by jailing, torture and even execution. Seeking escape from religious suppression, a group known as the Pilgrims departed England on the ship Mayflower.

They arrived at Plymouth Rock in southeastern Massachusetts in December 1620, but due to native hostility, moved further along the coast to Cape Cod, where they were greeted more cordially. These Indians, the Wampanoag, helped the new colony to survive, by showing the colonists how to plant corn (maize) and how to catch alewives, a type of herring, to use as a fertilizer when growing pumpkins, beans, etc. Just under a year later, in 1621 and following a successful harvest, they celebrated their bounty as well as their new freedom with a huge feast - thus was Thanksgiving started. For this first harvest festival, lasting some three days, the colonists invited the Wampanoag people, to show their gratitude. It is believed that the natives also supplied much of the food, particularly venison.

It is believed that the first "Day of Thanksgiving" actually occurred before the arrival of the Pilgrims. This festival was completely religious in nature, and did not involve any feasting. On 4 December 1619, a group of settlers from England arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River, now known as Charles City, Virginia. This group dedicated this day of their arrival as a Day of Thanksgiving to God.

So it can be seen that, while the US celebrates Thanksgiving based on the Pilgrim festival, towns or countries called days of thanksgiving several years before that event. Those days were usually called to celebrate a specific event, rather than an ongoing celebration.

It is even believed that the holiday occurred earlier: some sources say it was celebrated on 8 September 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. This story has its origins in the fact that Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles invited the Timucua Indians to a celebratory meal in St Augustine after a thanksgiving Mass celebrating his and his crew's safe arrival. This was the first recorded celebration of a meal specifically for thanksgiving.

Other claims to the first Thanksgiving include:

  • The 1513 landing of Juan Ponce De Leon in Florida
  • Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's service of thanksgiving in the Texas Panhandle in 1541
  • Two other claims for thanksgiving observances in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 and 1610
  • There is a Canadian claim that the first thanksgiving was Martin Frobisher's 1576 thanksgiving on Baffin Island.

In 1863 Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by President Lincoln.

It was officially changed to the fourth Thursday in November when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president.

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Dance

What is the traditional Thanksgiving dance?

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In what year was Thanksgiving declared a national holiday?

The first proclamation was issued by George Washington during his first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day of Publick(sic) Thanksgiving and Prayer." Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled "General Thanksgiving,"

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the observance of the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November (to extend the Christmas shopping season and boost the economy). After a storm of protest, Roosevelt changed the holiday again in 1941 to the fourth Thursday in November, where it stands today.

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History of the United States
Thanksgiving

What US president made Thanksgiving a national holiday?

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both made proclamations to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, it was not a fixed holiday with states celebrating on different days.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863.

He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for November 23, 1864. In 1865, his successor, Andrew Johnson, declared a Thanksgiving for December 7, 1865, and presidents traditionally declared a Thanksgiving for every autumn since. (Andrew Johnson was the first to give government employees the day off, making it a legal holiday.)

In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and FDR signed it, that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.

See the Related Link for a complete time line of the history of Thanksgiving.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863 with the Thanksgiving Declaration. Thanksgiving was always held on the last Thursday of November that was the day President Lincoln observed the holiday when he declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863; however, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, changed the date of Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November. A law was passed by Congress on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

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Commercials
Macy's

What channel is Seattle's Macy's Parade on?

The Macy's Thanksgiving parade in 2011 will be held on Tuesday, November 24th, 2011 at 9am - 12pm EST. It will be broadcasted LIVE on NBC. The channel for NBC will be different for most people so I can not say a specific channel number.

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History of the United States
Thanksgiving
US Presidents

Which American President established Thanksgiving as a national holiday?

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863.

He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for November 23, 1864. In 1865, his successor, Andrew Johnson, declared a Thanksgiving for December 7, 1865, and presidents traditionally declared a Thanksgiving for every autumn since. (Andrew Johnson was the first to give government employees the day off, making it a legal holiday.)

In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and FDR signed it, that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.

See the Related Link for a complete time line of the history of Thanksgiving.

George Washington was the first President to declare a national day of Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving
Pork

How many hams are eaten on Thanksgiving?

1.5

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Christian Music

What are some Thanksgiving christian songs?

Casting Crowns

Life of Praise

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Relationships
Thanksgiving

What is the best theme for unity and Thanksgiving?

The best theme is love.

And that theme should be manifested by our acceptance and support for all people, even those whose beliefs are different, whose skin color is different, whose sexual orientation is different. By loving and accepting all people we become a unified society of people.

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Synonyms and Antonyms
Iditarod

What is another name sometimes given for Thanksgiving?

I've heard a lot of people call it Turkey Day, but I'm not sure if nicknames like that is what you mean

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Turkeys

Can a turkey kill you?

Not unless you choke on a piece as you are eating. Or get hit by a frozen turkey.

A live turkey is not capable of killing a human nor would it even try.

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Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving
Fundraising

What is the name of the charity fundraising campaign kicked off by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day?

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Kickoff campaign is annually showcased at halftime of the nationally televised Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. The featured performer on November 25, 2010 will be country performer Keith Urban.

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History of the United States
Thanksgiving

Where was the first Thanksgiving in North America?

Plymouth, Mass

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Mexico

What is Thanksgiving called in Mexico?

Dia de Accion de Gracias (literally, Thanksgiving Day). You should note however, that Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Mexico.

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Does the mail run the day after Thanksgiving?

Yes the mail runs the day after thanksgiving.

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Store Hours

What are the store hours for the Dollar Tree?

Mon-Sat 9:00-9:00, Sundays 10:00-7:00PM

Try the link below.

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TV Programming and Commercials
Thanksgiving
The Smurfs

What does the Thanksgiving statue on smurfs do?

It unlocks the pumpkin plant, so you can plant it.

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New York
Holidays and Traditions
Thanksgiving
Macy's

Why is the Shrek balloon being retired from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?

The popular trilogy Shriek is being retired so is the big green inflatable Guy.

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US Presidents

Which President named Thanksgiving?

Abraham Lincoln named Thanksgiving.

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Football - Soccer
Soccer History
Thanksgiving

What was the first Football soccer ball made of?

football - string And leather

AnswerLeather. The Incas invented the first football using leather. Answerpig or bull bladder.First they use to use cloth back in Europe correct
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