Know, Celebrate and Relax this Thanksgiving Day 2016

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As Thanksgiving Day is approaching people are fretting about all the Thanksgiving traditions which include what to make for dinner and dessert, who all to invite, and if planning a road trip, deciding which route to take to beat traffic.

I’ll ask you to relax and cherish this festivity, after all it was election year and we all deserve a little break (including a chin up and a pat on the back). For those who got themselves uninvited to Thanksgiving, I have given a list of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving below. Yes! The elections were overwhelming there were some tears of joy and some tears of dismay, but hey! We got to accept the results and move on.

WHAT IS THANKSGIVING AND WHY DO WE CELEBRATE IT?

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The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 (there is still a debate on when it was first celebrated) by the Pilgrims on their first successful harvest. The feast lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

In 1789, George Washington declared Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Before this declaration it was celebrated on different days in different communities. Even today, in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Thanksgiving is celebrated to thank the Almighty for all the blessings, abundances, and mercies throughout the year.

WHY DO WE EAT TURKEY ON THANKSGIVING?

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No one can imagine Thanksgiving without a “TURKEY”. No matter what side dishes are made at home for dinner or for dessert, a Thanksgiving meal is incomplete or maybe impossible with turkey on the menu.

How turkey became a part of this festivity is still a mystery, but certain letters and stories left by the Pilgrims somehow lead us to connecting turkey to Thanksgiving. According to some letters the first ever Thanksgiving meal served had beef and fowl on the menu. Historians deduced this fowl was a turkey since the pilgrims went turkey hunting before the meal.

Another thanksgiving story tell us that when Queen of England heard the Spanish ships had sunk on their way to attack English, she ordered goose to be served for dinner in celebration. It is said that the settlers were so inspired by this act of the Queen that they replaced the goose with a turkey.

Regardless, of what the true story is a turkey is very important to the Americans. Wild turkey is a native bird of North America and Benjamin Franklin wanted to make it our national bird but obviously that didn’t happen.

 

CORNUCOPIA-THE THANKSGIVING DAY SYMBOL

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The one thing you find on almost all Thanksgiving decorations is the cornucopia. Even the kids in school are given out pictures of cornucopia’s and turkeys to color during this festive holiday season. A cornucopia is a horn shaped basket full of fruits and vegetables signifying abundance of the Earth’s harvest. Cornucopia is derived from Latin meaning “horn of plenty”.

BREAK THE WISHBONE TO GET LUCKY

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Breaking the wishbone tradition started with the Ancient Romans who would pull apart a chickens clavicles to achieve good fortune. This tradition was later translated into what we do today: two people grab an end of the wishbone and yank it, whoever gets the bigger piece gets their wish granted.

NOT COOKING? NO PROBLEM!

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People like who don’t like cooking or who like to spend the holidays alone to avoid all the family drama, here is a list of some restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving.

Applebee’s

Bob Evan’s

Bonefish Grill

Country Cookin

Cracker Barrel

Denny’s

IHOP

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Ruby Tuesday

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These are just some of the restaurants I know that will open for a few hours at most locations on Thanksgiving Day, make sure to check with your local restaurants before heading out.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

 

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