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    • Happy Thanksgiving ~ Facts and History

      All of us here at Charming Chick would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this delicious holiday we wanted to share with you some thanksgiving history and fun facts. Eat well, enjoy your family and friends and be sure to give thanks for all of your blessings -- oh and don't forget to amaze everyone with all of your wonderful Thanksgiving trivia.



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      Thanksgiving History and Facts:


      * Though the exact items served at the first Thanksgiving feast are not known it is safe to assume there was fowl of some kind (though we cannot be certain if turkey was one of them), venison, corn and pumpkin.



      * The actual date of the "first" Thanksgiving  is a matter of debate. Some sources claim it happened right after the pilgrims landed at in the New World, while others say it occurred  in 1621 after a hard first winter. During that first winter 46 of the 102 pilgrims died but the following year was plentiful thanks to the Wampanoag Indians for teaching them to fish, hunt and plant crops like corn and squash.



      * Thanksgiving wasn't something that was celebrated every year. After  feast, the next one was celebrated in 1623 after difficult times.  An interesting fact is that when they did celebrate the feast lasted three days! It was a time spent feasting and giving thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.





      * Thanksgiving wasn't an "official" national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln did so in 1863. Then in 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt established the current date for the holiday which is the fourth Thursday in November.



      *Minnesota is the top turkey producing state followed by Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana and Virginia.


       *  Many of the items that we include on our tables during this holiday were not available or part of the English diet. Potatoes and sweet potatoes didn't show up to the table, cranberry sauce requires sugar which was an extravagance at the time and there wouldn't have been any pumpkin pie because they didn't have all the ingredients needed to make a crust.



    • Thanksgiving Traditions

      Thanksgiving Day is a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy each other's company. Many families have special traditions which make this holiday even more meaningful. Maybe you have some that have been passed down through your family as well. If not, you can always make this the first year to start one or two -- or you can add a new Thanksgiving tradition to the ones you and your family already enjoy.

      On the Charming Chick blog today we will share some Thanksgiving Day traditions, which we hope will inspire you. 


      * Start a Tablecloth of Thanks ~ Purchase a lightly colored tablecloth. It can have leaves or other festive fall decorations on it and each year have everyone at the table write what they are most thankful for that year. Make sure they sign and date it and as the years march by, it is nice and very special to look back and read all the messages.




      * Start a Tree or Turkey of Thanks ~ Starting on November 1st have each member of your family write something they are thankful for. Continue doing this until it is Thanksgiving Day. You can just draw a turkey or a tree and then add paper feathers or leaves to them. Save it for the next year and see all the wonderful blessings that you and your family have received.



      * Break the Wishbone ~ Save the wishbone out of the turkey and let two people grab an end, make a wish and pull. It is said that the person who has the largest piece of bone in their hand, will have their wish granted! It's never worked for me but it's always great to brag about winning anyway!



      *FOOD ~ Speaking of turkey, food is the main event for this holiday. A traditional spread usually includes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, olives, pickles, pies and so much more! It's also a great time to give to others. Inviting friends and family over who may be struggling - or have nowhere to go - is always a generous idea. Also, giving to organizations who provide food baskets or dinner to those in need is a great way to help others and give thanks for all the blessings you have as well.



      * Play games ~ Board games, card games and video games are a great way to enjoy the company of your friends and family -- and to partake in a little friendly competition. Some families even organize a family flag football game to be played each year.


      So what are some of your favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions? We would love for you to share some of them below in our comments section. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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