Thanksgiving started back in 1621 when the Plymouth settlers and the Wampanoag Indians had a fall harvest feast. Pilgrims coming from England in the 1600’s held on to many traditions from the mother country and this particular celebration was because of a good harvest year. It was not their intention to start a yearly festival, this came later on as political figures were all giving thanks to God for events that helped their cause. Thanksgiving finally became a yearly holiday when president Lincoln wrote a proclamation making it fact.
Fast forward to today, family gathering and togetherness is still the main reason, and the menu is relatively the same. The main difference is that families gather around the TV more than often and Football is the culprit, it’s the main attraction and men as well as women, look forward to it.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is another tradition, but it is watched while the preparations are being made. Over 3.5 million people watch the parade in person while another 65 million will watch it on TV.