With Thanksgiving spirit in the air, we wanted to take some time to say thank you!
Here at Carter BloodCare, we cannot express in words how thankful we are for those whole donate blood. By donating once, each one of you potentially save three lives and those people surely thank you too.
With Thanksgiving being such an American staple, we wanted to provide some common (and some not so common) facts about turkey day:
- The exact date of the first Thanksgiving is not exactly known but it did occur sometime between September 21 and November 9, 1621.
- The first Thanksgiving lasted three days.
- 52 Pilgrims attended the first Thanksgiving in 1621 including John Aiden, William Bradford, Priscilla Mullins, Miles Standish.
- Approximately 50 Native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving including Massasoit and Squanto – the Pilgrim’s translator.
- The First Thanksgiving was actually a secular event that was not repeated.
- The first national celebration of Thanksgiving was declared in 1775 by the Continental Congress.
- In 1863, two national days of Thanksgiving were declared: One celebrated the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. The other began the Thanksgiving holiday we still celebrate today.
- Since Harry Truman, every President has pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving. This year, it is between Carmel and Popcorn (yes, they are both real.)
- The author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Sarah Josepha Hale, led a campaign to make the holiday official for nearly 40 years prior to 1863.
- 10. Although “gobble” is most associated with the sound turkeys make, they are known to have 28 known vocalizations such as “yelps,” “clucks,” “cackles,” “hoots,” and “purs.”
With that being said, we wanted to remind you to give thanks this holiday season for life, friends, family, food, football, and anything else we often take for granted. It’s a special day that had deep roots and a long history in America. Celebrate it.
From Carter BloodCare, thank you for all of your support and have a great Thanksgiving!