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Thanksgiving: More Than Just a Day to Eat

Thanksgiving is a Time to Reflect

Thanksgiving is more than just a day to get together with family and eat…though that is yummy!  I like to look at it as a Season of Thanks & Giving, deep routed in tradition and history.  Let’s explore some fun facts about this holiday…

The First Thanksgiving:

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when the Plymouth Colony celebrated with a traditional English feast, to which they invited the Wampanoag Indians.  The two groups dined together to commemorate the harvest gathered after a particularly harsh winter.  At this time, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving.

A National Holiday is Born:

Abraham LincolnDuring the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was looking for a way to unite a divided nation.  In 1863 he announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a national holiday.  Though 76 years later, in an effort to extend the Christmas shopping season, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving was to be observed on the third Thursday of November.  After much controversy, Congress passed a joint resolution returning the holiday to its origin of the last Thursday, to which we still celebrate today.  I have a feeling that today’s retailers would be on the side of Roosevelt!

A Turkey is Saved:

Thanksgiving with Maronda HomesSince 1947 the National Turkey Federation has given a turkey to the President of the United States at a ceremony, after which the turkey is prepared and eaten.  It wasn’t until 1963, when President John F. Kennedy said “Let’s keep him.”    Following in Kennedy’s footsteps, the first official turkey pardoned was in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.  Since then, the Presidents have followed suit in this life saving tradition!

Today’s Celebration:

Home Cooked Stuffing ThanksgivingThe modern day celebration of Thanksgiving is different for every family, and has evolved greatly since 1621.  I find the common thread to be tradition…What your family chooses to embrace during this season of Thanks & Giving!   My family “celebrates the harvest” with a stuffing recipe that has been passed down over 5 generations.  I try to incorporate a new Thanksgiving recipe every year in hopes of starting new generational traditions.  I also associate “today’s Thanksgiving” with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Watched by millions, and cherished by children, the parade is a true symbol of tradition…it also doesn’t hurt to throw the Macy’s brand around at the kickoff of holiday shopping season!

As a family owned business since 1972, Maronda Homes would like to give thanks to all our valued homeowners.  We hope that you will begin new traditions with your loved ones in your new home.  From our home to yours…We wish you a happy and healthy season of thanks & giving!

About Meg Webb

Meg is a Real Estate professional with over 15 years of experience. Her passion for real estate is demonstrated through her success in both new home construction and residential resale. She resides in Upper St. Clair near Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children where she enjoys training for marathons and volunteering in the community.

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