Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Penelope K., Staff Writer

Why is Thanksgiving celebrated on the last Thursday of November?

     It wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 that Thanksgiving was to be regularly commemorated each year on the last Thursday of November. Thanksgiving has been celebrated on and off since 1789, with the proclamation from George Washington after a request from Congress. Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday. The celebration was intermittent until Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Check out more about why we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last day of November by going to: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)?scrlybrkr=12b44d48

Abraham Lincoln 

 

Why do we eat the stuff that we eat?

     Have you ever wondered why almost every single American who celebrates Thanksgiving eats almost the same thing every year that other families also eat? When many Americans sit down with their families for Thanksgiving, in front of them is the classic turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, stuffing,pumpkin pie. How did these foods become a year repeating food choice by American families?

      It isn’t necessarily because the pilgrims did it, turkeys may have not even been on the menu on the 1621 celebration by the pilgrims. Preceding Abraham Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863, Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no “Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day”. Benjamin Franklin had a high regard for the wild turkey as an American icon. Although the turkey was quite uncommon until after the 19th century until it became a part of the traditional dinner in New England. For more information, you can go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_dinner?scrlybrkr=2f014c9f to find out more information on this topic.

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton 

 

Preceding:coming before something in order, position, or time

Proclamation: a public or official announcement, especially one dealing with a matter of great importance 

Commemorated: recall and show respect for (someone or something)

Observe: notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant