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Happy Thanksgiving from the Hood Family!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 @ 10:11 AM Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Here in the Hood Family, we love to celebrate Thanksgiving and we want to share some of that joy with you. We have so many things to be grateful for, and at this time of year we are particularly thankful for the warmth and love of family and our comfortable, welcoming home in beautiful Spokane Valley. We wish you all the best and brightest this Thanksgiving, and invite you to leave a comment sharing what you are thankful for this holiday. In the meantime, please enjoy the Thanksgiving trivia below, and have a blessed day!

Thanksgiving Trivia

  • Contrary to popular belief, even though wild turkeys were around during the first Thanksgiving feast, they were not served. Instead, the Native American Indians and Plymouth colonists feasted on various seafood, deer, corn, eggs, squash, spices, popcorn and squashed cranberries.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey ‘Tom’ to spite Jefferson.
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Prior to this, the presidents made an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving, but
  • The beverage of choice at the first Thanksgiving (and on the Mayflower) was beer.
  • From 1777 to 1783 all Thanksgivings were celebrated in December except for in the year 1782.  In that year, it was celebrated on the 28th of November.
  • On the West Coast of the U.S., Dungeness crab is a common alternate main dish instead of turkey.  Other common main dishes across the country include goose and ham. Italian-American families typically serve a baked pasta dish like lasagna along with the turkey.
  • The average American consumes about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

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