Friday, November 18, 2011
Welcome to Friday @ Print4Pay Hotel
With the fourth Thursday in November less than a week away, we are pleased to bring you this Thanksgiving-themed installment of "Happy Friday from the Print4Pay Hotel."
But, did you ever wonder... why the fourth Thursday... or why do we traditionally serve turkey... or who else was with the pilgrims on the Mayflower...? We won't keep you in suspense any longer. Here are some fun and interesting facts that you may not have known about "Turkey Day."
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone...!!!
Now, for some stuff you may not have known.
Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb," is credited with convincing President Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday... which he did in 1863 as a way of trying to unify the country after the stress of the American Civil War.
Hale's letters to President Lincoln also included some "suggested family recipes" to be used during Thanksgiving dinner... many of which are now considered traditions, such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Prior to the addition of Thanksgiving, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were President Washington's birthday and Independence Day.
President Roosevelt (FDR) once changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving to extend the Christmas shopping season by a week... in an attempt to boost the economy. After some disagreements, Congress stepped in and officially set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.
With more than 280 million sold annually, about 91% of Americans serve turkey on Thanksgiving.
More than 20% of all cranberries consumed in the US per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
Of the 102 people that arrived at Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower, only about half of them were what became known as "Pilgrims." The others passengers, who were called "Strangers," were recruited to govern the colonist.
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