Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Travel

What with the holiday, I'll be gone until next week. In the meantime, if you're looking for some good brain teasers, puzzles and riddles, take a look around. I'll be leaving you all with some Thanksgiving trivia and I hope you all have a good week!

By the fall of 1621, only half of the Pilgrims who had traveled here on the Mayflower were still alive. In Thanksgiving for their survival, the remaining Pilgrims invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to their feast.

The Pilgrim leader at the time was Governor William Bradford, and it was he who organized the original Thanksgiving. Around 90 Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, attended the festival. The feast lasted three days.

The first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation was made by President George Washington in the year 1789. He issued another in 1795.  Other Presidents would make proclamations through the years setting aside a certain date for giving thanks and prayers.

New York, the state, made Thanksgiving an annual custom in 1817. Sarah Joseph Hale started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827. In 1863, a Thanksgiving Proclamation was created by Abraham Lincoln on the third of October. He was the first to officially set aside the last Thursday of November for the national holiday.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an effort to extend the Christmas shopping season, restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in 1939. He was hoping to stimulate the economy.

In 1941, Congress passed an official proclamation declaring the fourth Thursday of November every year will be observed as a legal holiday.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

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