Teaching with Stamps: Primary resources for teaching America’s history and heritage.
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.