Yes, it's that time of the year again! Thanksgiving is here and the only thing you can do about it is to celebrate. As you probably know, this celebration started as a way of giving thanks for the harvest, but there are a lot of things you probably don't know about this day. So we invite you to keep reading and find out everything you didn't know about thanksgiving.
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" and the Modern Concept of Thanksgiving were Invented by the Same Person
It's true, we're talking about Sarah Josepha Hale. She was a book editor at the 19th century. She read a passage written by an American colonist describing a great meal after a successful harvest. After reading it, she felt inspired and filled the magazines where she used to work with traditional holiday recipes for turkey and pumpkin pie. She also wrote about the importance of recognizing Thanksgiving Day. Hale petitioned for years sending letters to President Abraham Lincoln to recognize the day as a national holiday. It was officially proclaimed on 1863.
And yes, Sarah Josepha Hale is also the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
Jingle Bells was Originally a Thanksgiving Song
The song is known by everyone for being a Christmas anthem, but the truth is that it wasn't the author's intention. James Pierpont composed the song in 1857 to celebrate Thanksgiving at his Boston Sunday School. The song became so popular that it was used again at Christmas. From there, people started to sing it as a Christmas song and haven't stopped since.
Thanksgiving Is the Largest Annual Source of Bar Sales
And that's huge. We're talking that a bar in the US makes more sales on Thanksgiving than on New Year's, the Super Bowl, and even St. Patrick's Day. Bar owners say that they have even tripled their sales on Thanksgiving compared to any other holiday. The reason seems to be just the fact that almost nobody has to work the next day. Even so, if you want to enjoy this Thanksgiving on your favorite bar, be sure to be careful. Driving arrests during this day increase 54%, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The First Meal on the Moon was Turkey
It wasn't really Thanksgiving, but it's still worth mentioning. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, their first meal consisted of communion and roasted turkey. Since then, Thanksgiving has been celebrated onboard of several spacecrafts.
Thanksgiving Day was Changed Once to Boost the Economy
It was on 1939. Because of the low economy, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated one week earlier. It was in hope to increase retail sales. Well, people didn't like it and almost none state listened to the order. There was even a town mayor who decided to celebrate two holidays: "Franksgiving" and Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is one of the richest traditions in America. We hope that you enjoy this day in the company of your loved ones. Don't forget to give thanks and brushing after you eat. After all, dental health is also something to be thankful about.
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