> The only thing I have learnt inIt also customarily includes yams, cranberries, and stuffing
> English lessons is that on Thanksgiving, you eat Turkey. :-/
made of cornbread. Curiously, it is not certain that the Pilgrims
ate turkey in 1621, since in the 17th century, "turkey" meant any sort
of wild fowl. They certainly did eat venison, though.
> However, the day called "Erntedank" ("Harvest thank") is notActually, FYI, the uniform practice of celebrating Thanksgiving
> celebrated as it is in Northern America, it's -- as I said
> above -- only a holiday celebrated in church actually.
across most of anglophone North America is quite recent.
Until late in the 19th century, Thanksgiving was considered
a purely local New England holiday. In fact, one 19th century
Texas governor famously refused to declare a special Fall holiday
of Thanksgiving to the Almighty on the grounds that it was a
"damned Yankee institution", thus ipso facto not a practice to
be followed, and because Texans already celebrated their own day
of Thanksgiving on 2 March, which is also Texas Independence Day.
(He did so perhaps ironically: the very first Christian feast of
Thanksgiving in North America was celebrated in Texas on
23 May 1541 by Coronado after his men found food while wandering
in the Llano Estacado.) At any rate, even far into the twentieth
century various state governors issued proclamations of Thanksgiving
on different dates, and it wasn't until 1942 that Congress actually
legislated a uniform federal date for the holiday. By custom,
the states follow this federal lead, but they are not legally obliged
to do so; Texas did not change over to the new Fall date until 1956.
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