It's that time of year again!

Time to break out the turkey roasting pan, dust off your favorite Pilgrim hat, and fill the house with the smell of pumpkin pie.

That's right, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

But how did this holiday come to be?

Let's Take a Look at the History of Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

The Pilgrims had recently arrived in America, and the Wampanoag had helped them survive starvation and death their first winter of 1620-1621.

The two groups decided to celebrate their good fortune by having a feast.

This feast lasted three days and included such traditional Thanksgiving foods as venison, shellfish, wildfowl, and squash.

The first official Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by none other than George Washington in 1789, at the request of Congress.

The tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving continued sporadically throughout the years, but it wasn't until 1863 that Thanksgiving became an official holiday.

President Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday in November would be set aside as a day for Americans to give thanks for all they had.

Today, Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in America.

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, families across the country gather together to eat turkey, watch football, and give thanks for all they have.

So, whether you're spending Thanksgiving with your immediate family or extended family, or even if you're celebrating alone, take a moment to think about all the things you're thankful for.

Thanksgiving is a time-honored American tradition that has been enjoyed by families for generations.

This year, when you're sitting around the table feasting on turkey and stuffing, take a moment to think about how this holiday came to be.

Give thanks and respect to the farmers who raised the turkeys and each and everything taken for our use at the dinner table.

And give thanks to the Indians who saved the Pilgrims.

Also, give thanks to your hosts if you are invited to someone else's home for Thanksgiving dinner.

And from all of us here at StrangeReviewers, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!


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