Here are some random facts about this holiday.
- Snapping the Turkey’s 'wishbone' is considered as a good luck custom on Thanksgiving Day.
- The First Thanksgiving that was celebrated lasted for three days.
- About 535 million pounds of turkey is served during Thanksgiving Day dinners.
- The oldest Thanksgiving parade took place in Philadelphia in 1920 by Gimbels department store. There were roughly 50 persons present for that parade.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer of the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb convinced Abraham Lincoln to make this a national holiday in 1863.
Lastly, there is Black Friday. This commercial side to Thanksgiving was started in the 1930s as the official start to the Christmas shopping season. Filled with deals and steals, many persons line up in front of stores after their Thanksgiving meals to be able to get these items. If you want to get a head start on Christmas, this is one sure way to go about it. Just remember to be careful as large crowds tend to leave little patience.
Most importantly it is a day where we reflect on all the things we are thankful for. Here at ISO we are thankful for our members and for that we thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!