Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

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Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:57 pm

Fact or Fiction: Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.***Fiction. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939, after a request from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month (and never the occasional fifth, as occurred in 1939) in order to extend the holiday shopping season by a week. The decision sparked great controversy, and was still unresolved two years later, when the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal national holiday. The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday, and the House eventually agreed. I bet Alan would have made it a holiday that helped Spaulding grow.

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:05 am

Fact or Fiction: Macy's was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving. Fiction. The Philadelphia department store Gimbel's had sponsored a parade in 1920, but the Macy's parade, launched four years later, soon became a Thanksgiving tradition and the standard kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The parade became ever more well-known after it featured prominently in the hit film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), which shows actual footage of the 1946 parade. In addition to its famous giant balloons and floats, the Macy's parade features live music and other performances, including by the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and cast members of well-known Broadway shows.

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:45 am

Fact or Fiction: On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.
Fact. On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a "pardon" to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in the Rose Garden at the White House. The two turkeys were flown to Orlando, Florida, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade. The current tradition of presidential turkey pardons began in 1947, under Harry Truman, but the practice is said to have informally begun with Abraham Lincoln, who granted a pardon to his son Tad's pet turkey.

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:50 am

Fact or Fiction: Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.
Fact. According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, one of the country's oldest farmers' organizations, Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, including "pemmican" (a nourishing, high-protein combination of crushed berries, dried deer meat and melted fat). They also used it as a medicine to treat arrow punctures and other wounds and as a dye for fabric. The Pilgrims adopted these uses for the fruit and gave it a name—"craneberry"—because its drooping pink blossoms in the spring reminded them of a crane.

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby freckles61 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:25 am

Fact or Fiction: Freckles is really enjoying these posts...FACT. Keep em coming they're great!!

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby calliope » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:37 pm

Fact or fiction? Alan's Thanksgiving table was set afire one year??

I really can't remember all the facts on this....can someone? Was it Thanksgiving and was it Jonathan?

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:14 am

Fact or Fiction: The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.
Fact. The turkey trot, modeled on that bird's characteristic short, jerky steps, was one of a number of popular dance styles that emerged during the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States. The two-step, a simple dance that required little to no instruction, was quickly followed by such dances as the one-step, the turkey trot, the fox trot and the bunny hug, which could all be performed to the ragtime and jazz music popular at the time. The popularity of such dances spread like wildfire, helped along by the teachings and performances of exhibition dancers like the famous husband-and-wife team Vernon and Irene Castle.

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Re: Thanksgivings--Fact or Fiction

Postby Rosie Butterface » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:26 am

Quote calliope: Fact or fiction? Alan's Thanksgiving table was set afire one year??

I really can't remember all the facts on this....can someone? Was it Thanksgiving and was it Jonathan?


Fiction. Jonathan did drug Allan and then set fire to the mansion while Alan was sleeping, of which he started in the dinning room. This happened in 1-07. But I was thinking Lizzie went into labor at the mansion on Thanksgiving day and it was a bad snow storm---anyone recall??


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