• Dr. Herpy

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, which means it’s that time of year again to celebrate how thankful you are for everything. We celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States because in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast and that is what we know to be the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November and that is why we celebrate it each year. One thing you might not know about the holiday is that Thomas Jefferson tried to cancel Thanksgiving during his presidency. You might also not know that each year for Thanksgiving, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked for the Thanksgiving feast. Ben Franklin also wanted the turkey to be the official bird of the United States. In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt changed the date for Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the second- to- last, according to the US National Archives. Congress ditched the new policy and set the fourth Thursday of November as the legal holiday. Sean Lennon said, “Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday and I’m so grateful I get to spend it with my wonderful family each year, especially my big sister Allison Lennon.”