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By Lauren Lane
November 28
, 2013

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On behalf of everyone here at News With Views, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

For fun, and in light of the holidays, we have prepared a list of “33 Little Know Facts” From across the web about Thanksgiving. Plus, I have listed a few of my personal favorite places where I shop online for some extra holiday fun.

Please enjoy your friends, families and those who brought joy into your life. The three best words put together: HAPPY ! THANKS ! and GIVING!

So here goes, and I hope you enjoy these informative, interesting, humorous, and even politically charged historical facts.

Did you know that....?

1. President Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving proclamation “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.”

2. The famous pilgrim celebration at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts in 1621 is traditionally regarded as the first American Thanksgiving. However there are actually 12 claims to where the “first” Thanksgiving took place. Two in Texas, Two in Florida, Two in Virginia, one in Maine and Five in Massachusetts.

3. The famous “pilgrim and indian” story featured in modern narratives, was not part of early day stories due to tensions between the Indians and early-day colonists.

4. The first Thanksgiving in America actually occurred in 1541, when Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his expedition held a thanksgiving and his expedition held a thanksgiving day celebration in Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle.

5. Americans eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.

6. One of the most popular first Thanksgiving stories recalls the three-day celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. Over 200 years later, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving, and in 1941 Congress established the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday.

7. Thanksgiving is an amalgam of different traditions, including ancient harvest festivals, the religious New England Puritan Thanksgiving, the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England, and changing political and ideological assumptions of Native Americans.

8. Since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed annually. However, various earlier presidents – including George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison–all urged Americans to observe various periods of thanksgiving.

9. The Pilgrims thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massaoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinner and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.

10. Thanksgiving was initially meant to be a fast, not a feast. The devout settlers at Plymouth Rock mostly recognized "giving of thanks" in the form of prayer and abstaining from food. But the Wampanoag Indians, who joined the pilgrims for their 3-day celebration, contributed their own harvest traditions — dancing, games and feasting — from their ancient festival, Nickommoh, meaning "to give away" or "exchange."

11. Even though President Madison declared that Thanksgiving should be held twice in 1815, none of the celebrations occurred in the autumn.

12. Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.

13. In 2007, George W. Bush granted a pardon to two turkeys named May and Flower. The tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys began in 1947, though Abraham Lincoln is said to have informally started the practice when he pardoned his son’s pet turkey.

14. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the next to last Thursday in November to prolong the holiday shopping season, many Republicans rebelled. The holiday was temporarily celebrated on different dates: November 30 became the “Republican Thanksgiving” and November 23 was “Franks-giving” or “Democrat Thanksgiving.”

15. Not all states were eager to adopt Thanksgiving because some thought the national government was exercising too much power in declaring a national holiday. Additionally, the southern states were hesitant to observe what was largely a New England practice.

16. In December 1610 the first Pilgrims landed and built their settlement site in the middle of the homeland of the Wampanoag people. Several years earlier, a plague brought by Europeans had killed the inhabitants of the village.

17. The pilgrims most likely would not have survived without the help of Tisquantum, or Squanto (1580-1622). Squanto knew English and had already been back and forth across the ocean to England three times, (most often as a captured slave). Some historians have suggested that he was later poisoned by the Wampanoag.

18. Sarah Josepha Hale who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers, and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

19. Thanksgiving football games began with Yale versus Princeton in 1876

20. In 1920, Gimbels department store in Philadelphia held a parade with about 50 people and Santa Claus bringing up the rear. The parade is now known as the 6abc Ikea Thanksgiving parade and is the nations’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade.

21. Established in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ties for the second oldest Thanksgiving parade. More than 44 million people watch the parade on TV each year and 3 million attend in person.

22. Considered the “Mother of Thanksgiving,” Sara Hale (1788-1879) was an influential editor and writer who urged President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving. She selected the last Thursday in November because, as she said, harvest were done, elections were over, and summer travelers were home. She also believed a national thanksgiving holiday would unite Americans in the midst of dramatic social and industrial change and “awaken in Americans’ hearts the love of home and country, of thankfulness to God, and peace between brethren.

23. In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Thanksgiving stamp to honor the tradition “of being thankful for the abundance of goods we enjoy in America.”

24. Long before the Pilgrims native Hawaiians celebrated the longest Thanksgiving in the world–Makahiki, which lasted four months, approximately from November through February. During that time, both work and war were forbidden.

25. Forefathers’ Day also celebrates the pilgrims, but it celebrates their landing at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1620 rather than the plentiful harvest in 1621. It is celebrated on December 21 and usually only in New England. Forefather’s Day was first celebrated in 1769 among a group of pilgrim descendants.

26. The people of the Virgin Islands, a United States territory in the Caribbean Sea, celebrate two thanksgivings, the national holiday and Hurricane Thanksgiving Day. Every Oct 19, if there have been no hurricanes, Hurricane Day is held and the islanders give thanks that they have been spared.

27. Thanksgiving can occur as early as November 22 and as late as November 28.

28. The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday largely because stores hope the busy shopping day will take them out of the red and into positive profits. Black Friday has been a tradition since the 1930‘s.

29. Thanksgiving is often consider the site of the first cultural war because it contains both a narrative of the birth of freedom and democracy as well as an account of racism, mistreatment of Native Americans, and conflict.

30. In 1939, the President declared that Americans should celebrate the
annual feast one week early, hoping the decision would spur retail sales during the Great Depression. But Americans did not react kindly to the New Deal meal. Some took to the streets while others took to name-calling; the mayor of Atlantic City solved the controversy by declaring his residents would simply enjoy two meals — Thanksgiving and "Franksgiving." After two years of squabbling (or gobbling, as it were), Congress adopted a resolution in 1941 setting the fourth Thursday of November as the legal holiday.

31. In 1942, London's Westminster Abbey held Thanksgiving services for U.S. troops stationed in England. More than 3,500 soldiers filled the church's pews to sing America, the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner — the first time in the church's 900-year history that a foreign army was invited to take over the grounds. It was an ironic gesture given the holiday's origins as a festival for pilgrims fleeing religious tyranny in Britain.

32. In 1953, someone at Swanson severely overestimated the amount of turkey Americans would consume that Thanksgiving. With 260 tons of frozen birds to get rid of, a company salesman named Gerry Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, recruited an assembly line of women armed with spatulas and ice-cream scoops and began creating mini-feasts of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes — creating the first-ever TV dinner. Thomas later said he got the idea from neatly packaged airplane food.

33. Over 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for the holiday. Even so, as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin once proved during an interview in her hometown, Americans prefer public acts of mercy to massacres.

As a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of eight, all living in different parts of the United States, I have a great connection with family during the year and especially during the holidays via phone, email, skype, facebook and especially enjoy the internet.
And now here are some fun and festive online holiday shops I love: yes, you can have a turkey delivered right to your door step. (I haven’t had mine yet, but I am planning on this– I know grandmas’ is best, but heck, I am the grandma ! I know is in Southern Oregon and we are partial to our hometown favorites, but for a personal gift or a B2B gift this place has it all-! even Sugar free. I love the packages that come as towers and are so fun to open. Visit - I confess, not only did my grandmother work here, but I practically lived there every holiday. It was our family tradition to take grandma a box every holiday. Needless to say, I am partial to the brown sugar chocolates. Dark or light, doesn’t matter. When I lived in Utah, working for the news for two years, this place was awesome. A woman owned business which was originally named the “doughgirl” and was given a cease and desist by Pillsbury “doughboy”. A true entrepreneur, she complied and named her business, Rubysnap. Love the entrepreneur spirit.

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Lauren was born in Los Angeles, California and currently living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lauren is an author, speaker, former radio host and acclaimed publisher.

Ms. Lane studied Law in Ventura, California and was nominated during her Career as 'Business Woman of the Year'. She is an avid reader, loves nature and has a passion for niche marketing.

Ms. Lane has been published throughout her career, and has assisted fortune 500 companies with their marketing, business strategies and media campaigns.

For 15 years she headed up the largest publishing company in the Rocky Mountain region, consulting for companies such as ReMax International, Wells Fargo Bank, and Coors, to name a few.

Her new book "Victim or Volunteer" (launching in spring of 2013) and her reprint of the book that inspired her and woke her up to her freedoms as an American, will be offered exclusively at, beginning March, 31st, 2013.

Ms. Lane is mom to four grown children and has eight wonderful grandchildren scattered throughout the United States living in Texas, Virginia, and Utah.

With a love of traveling, she says much of her inspiration came from a trip to Dublin and Dingle, Ireland with her then 16 year old son, and a real passion awoke, when her oldest son shared his experiences after serving his country and coming back from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

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