Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in November
(in the U.S.).

 It is a holiday that is set aside to give thanks to many of life's blessings.
The first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by President George Washington, was celebrated on Nov. 26, 1789. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an annual holiday to be commemorated on the last Thursday in November.

 

 

 



For three years (1939-41) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the day was celebrated on the third Thursday in November, but it was returned to the traditional date by Congress in 1941. In Canada, Thanksgiving, first observed in November 1879, is a legal holiday celebrated in October.

This is the No 1 holiday in the country and it is one of the most important holidays when it comes to visiting the family.

There are more people traveling at this holiday than at any other holiday.

This is when the old people meet with the young people you might say.

It is an annual festival in acknowledgment of divine favor.  

 

 

 

Tradition has it that the key item on the dinner menu is roast turkey. A Thanksgiving dinner is quite the opposite to fast food.  

 

 

Now this is what a typical Thanksgiving menu might look like.  

Roast turkey with wild rice stuffing

and gravy from giblets

 

Sweet potatoes  or yams

 

Cranberry sauce

Broccoli or Brussel sprouts

 

Mashed turnips or corn

Dessert: Pumpkin,  Pecan pie & ice cream,or  a sundae 

 

 

 

The  turkey was originally from North America. Benjamin Franklin wanted to make it into a national symbol. 

In Europe it was (it became) a substitute for "svan (=swan) & påfågel" (=peacock, peahen, peafowl).

As Hebrew businessmen marketed this particular piece of poultry it was somehow confused with 'påfågel' and the Hebrew word for 'påfågel' is  "tukki". This word eventually developed into the English word 'turkey'.

Sweden saw the first turkeys in the 1600s. As with 'apelsin' and some other items there was confusion as to its background and heritage so it somehow got mixed up with "a hen from Kallikut" (Calcutta in India). Probably Sweden received their turkeys from The West Indies which early on was confused with (the real) India and this of course makes a difference.  Languagewise this could only lead to one thing, "KALKON"!

 

The Story of Thanksgiving
Throughout history mankind has celebrated the harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies

America's Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims and America's First Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving Turkey
Yum Yum Yum!

 

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/thanks/ 

 

http://www.2020tech.com/thanks/ 

 

 ... and Karlie, found a great resource on the history of the Black Friday holiday: http://www.fatwallet.com/black-friday/history-of-black-friday.php .