What Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods Say About You?

The history of Thanksgiving Day
In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated an autumn harvest feast that is now regarded as one of the colonies’ first Thanksgivings. In 1623, the Pilgrims celebrated their second Thanksgiving to commemorate the end of a prolonged drought that threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Annual or ad hoc days of fasting and thanksgiving became standard practise in other New England settlements as well.

For more than two centuries, individual colonies and states observed days of thanksgiving. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be observed on the final Thursday of November, and it was observed on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D Roosevelt pushed the holiday up a week to stimulate retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s proposal, derisively dubbed ‘Franksgiving,’ met with criticism, and the President reluctantly signed a bill in 1941 reestablishing Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November.

In 1817, New York became the first state to formally introduce an annual Thanksgiving holiday; however, each state observed the holiday on a different day, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the practise.

Presidents of the United States of America who observed Thanksgiving Day
In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving declaration on behalf of the United States national government. During their respective presidencies, John Adams and James Madison both established days of thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump all did the same thing.

Thanksgiving Day’s Mother
Sarah Josepha Hale, a prominent writer and editor, has been dubbed the “mother of Thanksgiving Day.” Hale, the author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” began a campaign in 1827 to recognise Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She wrote several editorials and sent dozens of letters to governors, senators, presidents, and other elected officials asking them to observe Thanksgiving Day. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln eventually complied with her plea.

What occurs on Thanksgiving?
While Thanksgiving may have originated as a religious holiday, the day has evolved into a largely secular holiday in recent years. The majority of Americans view the holiday as a time to come together and express their gratitude through food, family, and football. At some Thanksgiving ceremonies, participants write down their gratitudes and then read them aloud from the sheet of paper.

The day is also commemorated in New York City with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which draws between 2 and 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile path and attracts a sizable television audience. It is usually accompanied by marching bands and dancers, as well as extravagant floats carrying numerous celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Food for Thanksgiving Day
Turkey has been almost inextricably linked to the holiday. According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 90% of Americans consume turkey on Thanksgiving Day, whether roasted, grilled, or deep-fried. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are additional traditional foods.

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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Stuffing made with cornbread.
    • Stuffing with butter and herbs.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Sweet Potatoes Casserole.
    • Green Beans Casserole.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Pumpkin Pie.
    • Apple Pie.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Duchess Potatoes.
    • Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Deep Fried Turkey.
    • Traditional Roast Turkey.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Cranberry Sauce.
    • Sweet Chili Sauce.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Fried Cauliflower.
    • Cauliflower Gratin.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Baked Potatoes.
    • Mashed Potatoes.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Mango Chutney.
    • Onion Chutney.
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    Which one is your personal favourite?

    • Maple-Whiskey Gravy.
    • Roasted Turkey Gravy.

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