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  • Happy Thanksgiving EVERYONE!!!!

    Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 24th, (the fourth Thursday in November) - the day before Black Friday.

    Thanksgiving Day traditionally kicks off the 'holiday season' in the United States. The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941. FDR changed it from Abraham Lincoln's designation as the last Thursday in November (because there are sometimes five Thursdays in the month).

    While Britons think of it as a warm-up for the Yuletide period, many Americans think of it as just as important as Christmas.

    What is the history of Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refugees from England known popularly as the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.

    The previous year's harvests had failed and in the winter of 1620 half of the pilgrims had starved to death.

    Luckily for the rest, members of the local Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn, beans and squash (the Three Sisters); catch fish, and collect seafood.

    There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving, but it's clear that Turkey was not on the menu. The three-day feast included goose, lobster, cod and deer.

    Why do Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day?

    Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote a letter about that now-famous meal in 1621 which mentioned a turkey hunt before the dinner.

    Another theory says the choice of turkey was inspired by Queen Elizabeth I who was eating dinner when she heard that Spanish ships had sunk on their way to attack England.

    Queenie was so thrilled with the news she ordered another goose be served. Some claim early US settlers roasted turkeys as they were inspired by her actions.

    Others say that as wild turkeys are native to North America, they were a natural choice for early settlers.

    Classic Thanksgiving dishes

    Turkey: and/or ham, goose and duck or turduken (a spatchcocked combo of three whole birds!)

    Stuffing (also known as dressing): a mix of bread cubes, chopped celery, carrots, onions and sage stuffed inside the turkey for roasting. Chestnuts, chopped bacon or sausage, and raisins or apples are also sometimes included in the stuffing.

    Pies: pumpkin pies are most common, but pecan, apple, sweet potato and mincemeat pies are also quite popular.

    Who set the date of Thanksgiving Day?

    'The National Thanksgiving Proclamation' was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in America. The first President of the United States George Washington made this proclamation on October 3, 1789.

    Then in 1846, author Sarah Josepha Hale waged a one-woman campaign for Thanksgiving to be recognised as a truly national holiday.

    In the US the day had previously been celebrated only in New England and was largely unknown in the American South. All the other states scheduled their own Thanksgiving holidays at different times, some as early as October and others as late as January.

    Hale's advocacy for the national holiday lasted 17 years and four presidencies before the letter she wrote to Lincoln was successful. In 1863 at the height of the Civil War he supported legislation which established a national holiday of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November.

    Lincoln perhaps wanted the date to tie in with the anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod, which occurred on November 21, 1620. Although we now use the Gregorian calendar. In 1621 the date would have been November 11 to the Pilgrims who used the Julian calendar.

    So Hale finally got her wish. She is perhaps now better known, though, for writing the nursery rhyme 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'.


    In 1939, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week to try and give a boost to retailers before Christmas during the Great Depression.

    Several states followed FDR’s lead but 16 states refused move the holiday shift, leaving the country with rival Thanksgivings. FDR changed his mind after coming under pressure from Congress and in 1941, the a resolution was passeed returning the holiday to the fourth Thursday of November.

    Atlantic City mayor Thomas D. Taggart later described the Thanksgiving holiday from 1939–1941 as "Franksgiving".

    The Presidential reprieve

    Eating turkey is actually more associated with Thanksgiving than it is Christmas in the States with over 50 million turkeys served up every year in the US.

    Every year, though, the POTUS ‘pardons’ at least one turkey. This year, President Obama will pardon one of two turkeys at the White House today. Either Tater or Tot will get the stay of execution and live out its days at Virginia Tech. The other will, in all likeliness, become the official national Thanksgiving turkey.

    It will be up to President Trump to do the honors — or not, should he choose otherwise — next year.


    The public presentation of two prize turkeys to the commander-in-chief in the lead-up to Thanksgiving had been a time-honoured photo op since the 1940s.

    But on Nov 17, 1989 - 200 years after George Washington's proclamation - President George H.W. Bush formalised the tradition when he pardoned a 50-pound turkey in the White House Rose Garden.

    “Let me assure you," Bush said to the 30 schoolchildren present. "This fine turkey will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy. He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

    Two years earlier Ronald Reagan told the assembled press he would have "pardoned" Charlie, the White House turkey at the ceremony that year when he was asked if he would have pardoned the key players in the Iran-Contra scandal.

    The presidential turkey pardon has remained an annual Thanksgiving ritual ever since.

    A turkey pardon? The President of the United States is presented with a turkey by the National Turkey Federation. The bird is then “pardoned” and allowed to live out the rest of its natural life.

    When is it happening this year? 23 November 2016.

    How did this tradition start? Dating back to at least 1947, US presidents were gifted with turkeys at Thanksgiving. However, these turkeys were generally eaten.

    Ronald Reagan was the first president to “pardon” a Thanksgiving turkey, in 1987. His successor, George HW Bush, made the pardoning ceremony into a White House tradition from 1989 onwards.

    How is the turkey chosen? 80 turkeys are randomly chosen at birth, with the field finally being narrowed to the two largest and best-behaved birds. Both birds are then spared by the President.

    What happens to the turkeys afterwards? Since 2013, both fortunate birds are sent to live at Morven Park, Virginia USA.

    One can celebrate Thanksgiving twice...

    Canadians mark Turkey Day, too, in fact it was the first country to do so. Canada celebrates a separate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October.

    It was first celebrated by the arctic explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578 - more than 40 years before the Pilgrim fathers arrived in the New World.


    Like soccer on Boxing Day in the UK, football (the American version) plays a major role in Thanksgiving.

    The University of Detroit Stadium hosted the first Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, pitting the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears.

    The game was the brainchild of G.A. Richards, the first owner of the Detroit Lions. He was keen to promote the new franchise in a baseball-mad city, so he approached NBC to get them to broadcast the game across their national radio network. They agreed and the game became the first ever network broadcast event.

    The game was such a hit it became a tradition in the US and football is now an integral part of the day.

    Detroit has had played a game every year since, breaking only for World War 2. The Dallas Cowboys, too, have played every year on Thanksgiving since 1966, only missing two years in 1975 and 1977.

    Annual Macy's parade

    Another Thanksgiving tradition is the Macy's parade in New York City - an annual pageant of floats, cheerleaders, marching bands and gigantic balloons.

    The parade dates back to the 1920s when many of the immigrant workers at Macy's department store were keen to celebrate the American holiday with the sort of festival their parents had thrown in Europe.

    It originally started from 145th Street in Harlem and ended at Herald Square, making a 6-mile (9.7 km) route.

    The newest route was introduced with the 2012 parade. This change eliminated Times Square and rerouted the parade down Sixth Avenue, a move that was protested by the Times Square BID, Broadway theatre owners and other groups.

    New York City officials preview the parade route and try to move as many potential obstacles out of the way, including traffic signals.

    Let's talk turkey

    When European settlers encountered turkeys for the first time in the early 1500s, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl.

    Since this group of birds were thought to come from Turkey, the North American bird was dubbed 'turkey fowl'.

    This later became shortened to 'turkey' and entered the vernacular. The English navigator William Strickland, who introduced the turkey into England in 1550, was granted a coat of arms which included a "turkey-cock in his pride proper".

    The official record of his crest in the archives of the College of Arms is said to be the oldest surviving European drawing of a turkey.

    (In Portuguese the translation of turkey is 'peru'. The exotic birds taken back to 16th century Portugal had come from there.)

    Trains, planes and automobiles: some stats:

    The 12-day Thanksgiving period between from Nov 20 to Dec 1 will likely see over 25 million travelling to destinations worldwide according to trade organisation Airlines for America (A4A).

    The projected number of 25.3 million is three per cent higher than the estimated 24.5 million passengers who made the journey in 2014.

    That equates to approximately 65,000 people per day on top of average passengers for a total of 2.7 million people per day.

    How much do you know about Thanksgiving?

    Test your turkey and Macy's parade knowledge with this ultimate Thanksgiving quiz


    What year did the Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving?






    Members from which tribe were invited to the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving celebration?





    Which president made Thanksgiving an annual holiday?

    George Washington

    John Adams

    Abraham Lincoln


    ‘Turkey pardoning’ by the president has become a holiday tradition. What did George W. Bush do with two turkeys he pardoned in 2007?

    Sent them to Disney World

    Kept them in the White House garden

    Sent them to a farm in Missouri


    When do Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving?

    Same as in the U.S.

    Second Monday of October

    They don't


    Google recently analysed which dishes are popular in different states during Thanksgiving. Which of these was not a real food featured?

    Snicker salad

    Pig pickin cake

    Pumpkin doughnuts


    How many calories does the Calorie Control Council estimate that Americans eat during Thanksgiving?





    Which was the first department store to sponsor an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade?

    Macy's in New York

    Gimbels in Philadelphia

    Kessler's in Atlanta


    What does Thanksgiving have to do with TV dinners?

    Supposedly, a frozen food firm called Swanson developed the first popular TV dinners when they needed to use up turkey they had over-ordered for Thanksgiving

    More TV dinners are sold on Thanksgiving any other day of the year – possibly because of all the football games that are on television


    Which one of these meats was probably NOT on the menu of the original Thanksgiving feast?




    Thanksgiving Quotes

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    "Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song."

    - Psalm 95:2

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    "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

    -1 Chronicles 16:34

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    Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.’ This is a most searching and true diagnosis. Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. As antitoxins prevent the disastrous effects of certain poisons and diseases, thanksgiving destroys the poison of fault-finding and grumbling. When trouble has smitten us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic.”

    -John Henry Jowett

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    "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."

    -Psalm 28:7

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    "Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. "

    -Psalm 106:1

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    "In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted."

    - Isaiah 12:4

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    "Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name."

    - Psalm 100:4

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    "On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence."

    - William Jennings Bryan

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    "So while it's true that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year, we should actually celebrate thanks each and every day. It's just a matter of learning to live with a spirit of gratitude."

    - Unknown

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    The Practice of Gratitude

    "Gratitude is a constant attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for life as it unfolds. Living in the moment, we are open to the abundance around us and within us. We express appreciation freely. We contemplate the richness of our life. In life's trials, we seek to understand, to accept, to learn.

    Gratitude is a continual celebration of life."

    - Unknown

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    "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

    -Melody Beattie

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    "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

    - D. Waitley

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    "Greed grabs, Gratitude recieves."

    - Unknown

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    "Let our hearts overflow with thankfulness..."

    - Colossians 2:7

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    "Thankfulness is the 'chief exercise of godliness' in which we ought to engage during the whole of our life. 'Gratitude is the heart ... of the Christian life.'"

    - Unknown

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    "To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us -- and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him."

    - Thomas Merton (Thoughts on Solitude)

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    "Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love..."

    - Thomas Merton (Thoughts on Solitude)

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    "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

    - Melody Beattie

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    "Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude."

    - E.P. Powell

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    "That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works."

    - Psalm 26:7

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    "How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative, or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."

    - Sir John Templeton

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    "The Lord is my strength and shield.I trust him with all my heart.He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.I burst out in songs of thanksgiving."

    Psalm 28:2

    "He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God."

    - Psalm 50:23

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    "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."

    - WT Purkiser

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    "I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving."

    - Psalm 69:30

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    "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

    - Melody Beattie

    Thank you everyone for visiting this site. I hope that you are enjoying all that I have been sharing with you.

    I have so much to be Grateful for, so very much.

    I truly THANK YOU GOD for all that there was, is and is soon to come in my life continuing to bring inspiration, nourishment, enhancement, encouragement, unconditional love, joy, abundant blessings, peace, character building, molding, self control and increase while allowing myself to be greatly influenced and guided by you having the heart desire provided with a gift of love, peace, wisdom, vision and purpose made an example and use as a willing vessel to effectively reach, share and teach all people, having no respect of persons no matter the race, gender or age, I THANK YOU GOD, AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!

    HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.......celebrate safely and enjoy greatly!!! Do not eat too much if you do not want to turn into a stuffed turkey. STAY BLESSED, PEACEFUL, HOPEFUL AND LOVING, NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, AROUND YOU OR IN THIS WORLD with THE ATTITUDE OF OTHERS!!!! love, honor, appreciate and respect

    MUCH OF MY LOVE IS TO YOU, ALWAYS. I look forward to sharing with you again real soon.

    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE INFLUENCE....click on this link to read 1 CORINTHIANS 13

    With the Kindest Regards,

    Martha Wooden (the 1 and only)

    RYM-TYM and OH! Radio Show creator/host

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