- History tells us that Thanksgiving services in America actually predated the pilgrims. The first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, held a prayer service of thanksgiving before the famous 1621 celebration at what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. An article in this month's edition of National Geographic has a fascinating story on a new archaeological dig in Virginia that provides proof of the Virginia-based celebration of Thanksgiving.
Just thirty miles upstream from Jamestown, a group settlers celebrated their successful voyage from England in December 1619—two years before the New England pilgrims https://t.co/o8WOmdVG2R— National Geographic (@NatGeo) November 19, 2018
- President Abraham Lincoln is credited with proclaiming a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863, at the height of the Civil War. In an effort to improve retail sales for the nation's merchants, President Franklin Roosevelt unsuccessfully tried to move Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November in 1939, but in 1941 Congress fixed the traditional last Thursday of November as the nation's official Thanksgiving Day.
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- For those not thrilled about spending a day watching football, there are plenty of Thanksgiving Day TV series marathons, including Gilmore Girls (on the UP network), Pee-wee's Playhouse (IFC), The Andy Griffith Show (TVLand), South Park (Comedy Central), Friends (TBS) and The Simpsons (FXX). Plus, there will be back-to-back-to-back showings of Gone With the Wind (Sundance) and The Godfather (AMC).
- Nothing says Thanksgiving like leftovers. But delish.com has a list of 30 foods you should never store in the fridge, including berries, bread, coffee, citrus fruits, pastries, peanut butter and tomatoes.