Day falls on November 25th. The first Thanksgiving Day
came about in 1621
to celebrate the bountiful harvest gained by Plymouth colonists after the severe
winter season. Initially, it was very similar to a traditional English
harvest feast, and the Wampanoag Indians were invited to the celebration.
The first American president to declare the day a holiday was George
, in 1789. During the Civil War, Abraham
delivered his notable Thanksgiving Proclamation shortly before the
end of the conflict would arrive. In the 1940s, for economic reasons, Franklin
D. Roosevelt, declared the day should fall on the third Thursday of October to
lengthen the holiday shopping season.
Today, the holiday falls on the fourth Thursday in November and signals the
unofficial start of the holiday shopping
Nevertheless, the fall holiday
continues to be a
favorite day to feast
the warm company of loved ones.
Speaking of turkeys
(and all in good fun, of course!), the White
have taken their first World Series championship since the World War I
Era in a four-game sweep over the Houston
. The Windy
franchise hadn't won a series since 1917, and they hadn't
participated in one since 1959. To top it off, the White Sox were infamous for
throwing the 1919 World Series, which earned the team the "black socks" moniker
and tarnished the names of the players
most notably Shoeless Joe Jackson. Chicago's Jermaine Dye drives in what would
become the winning run of the final game with two outs in the eighth inning; he
becomes the MVP of the series. The striking resemblance to last year's win as
for their first championship in 86 years has all eyes focused on
baseball's remaining wallflower club: the Chicago
. But baseball
have had two consecutive years of thrills for the ultimate underdogs, perhaps
another one would be too much to handle?
Veterans Day, falls on November 11th. Armistice Day, which was the initial
holiday for remembering men and women in uniform, became a holiday in 1938 and got its
date from the last day of World War I. After World War II
and the Korean War, congress
changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day in 1954.
Here are some links for November:
Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation Read Lincoln's speech, which
was delivered to the nation during the Civil War in Washington, D.C., on October
- Scholastic.com: The
First Thanksgiving Features informative lesson plans, games, pictures and
more based on historical accounts of the first Thanksgiving Day
- Major League
Baseball: White Sox Win World Series Contains photographs, articles, video
clips, statistics, merchandise and more.
- Thanksgiving Recipes - Find trusted recipes and cooking advice involving turkey, yam, and stuffing.