Teaching with Stamps: Primary resources for teaching America’s history and heritage.
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Gobble Gobble! As one of America’s most cherished holidays, Thanksgiving harkens back to an important event in our nation’s early history. Symbolizing abundance and gratitude, it has come to represent a moment for all of us to show gratitude. In most people’s eyes, it commemorates a peaceful meal between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans – rare harmony between settler and native. But how much do you really know? Check out these surprising facts about turkey day – and have something to talk about at the dinner table!
4.) In 1934, shortly after the formation of the NFL, the Detroit Lions devised a Thanksgiving Day Game to help boost attendance. It is now an annual tradition, particularly with both the Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.
6.) Thanksgiving has become the unofficial kick-off to holiday shopping season, with “Black Friday” being the biggest shopping day of the year. In 2011, 37% of Americans – roughly 225 million – shopped last year and spent almost $11.5 billion.
9.) The presidential pardoning of a turkey began in 1989 with President Bush, Senior. Since then, every year, the president has pardoned two turkeys from the table. This year, Obama pardoned Cobbler and Gobbler.