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How Thanksgiving came to be…

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. Today is Thanksgiving, a day that you celebrate with your loved ones, well… that was the tradition up until this year. Like the rest of this year, everything changed, whereas we once could have gone to friends or relatives or even be the host of Thanksgiving itself. Instead, we have to celebrate it in a different way, whatever way you do choose to spend this day, I am sure you will have a good thanksgiving.

When It All Began

Thanksgiving is now a national holiday that is celebrated in the United States every year on the fourth Thursday of November and its where families all across the U.S. will be gathered around to feast on the turkey, and watch football, while they are waiting to see Santa during the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, but have you ever wondered when it all began?

Thanksgivings First Feast

There are different variations of it, this is just one… It was the year 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn feast that would be acknowledged as being the very first Thanksgiving meal with celebrations through the colonies. For more than two centuries Thanksgiving was celebrated by individual states and colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, whilst during the civil war when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day that is to be held as a yearly event in November.

Plymouth

In September 1620 a small ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers, with an assortment of religions seeking a new life and home, where they could freely practice their faith, and there were other individuals, that were lured by the promise of land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable 66 days, they finally dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, but it was too far north and quite away from their intended destination that was at the mouth of the Hudson River. It was one month later when the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims are commonly now known, and they soon began working to establish a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal and vicious winter, most of the colonists had remained aboard the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious diseases. There was a lot of devastation and despair and it cost a lot of lives, as only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining passengers moved a shore, where they were welcomed by a visit from an Abenaki Native American who greeted them in English.

A few days later he returned with another Native American called Tisquantum, who is more commonly known by Squanto who was a member of the Patuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and was then sold into slavery before escaping to London and then returning back to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. The Pilgrims who were weakened by malnutrition and illness, were taught by Squanto everything he knows, on how to cultivate corn, and extract sap from maple trees, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers to forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would then go on for more than fifty years and remains one of the sole examples of harmony between the Native Americans and the European colonists.

In November 1621, the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved a success, Governor William Bradford had organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies that would also include Wampanoag Chief Massasoit. It is now best remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving” but the Pilgrims themselves would not have used those terms at that time, the festival celebrations lasted for three consecutive days.

Traditions of Today

In many American households they have lost the religious aspect of the Thanksgiving celebrations, instead it centres more on cooking a beautiful meal and enjoying spending time with family and friends, football, playing games and the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Turkey has become a symbol for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

12 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 that included fifty pilgrims and ninety Wampanoag Indians and the celebrations lasted three days. Many historians believe that there were just only five women present at the first Thanksgiving as many women settlers did not survive that difficult first year in the U.S.
  • Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later: Sarah Josepha Hale, the women who actually wrote the classic nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after campaigning for many years by writing letters to make it happen.
  • There was no turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
  • There wasn’t a fork insight as the first Thanksgiving meal was eaten by using spoons and knives. A meal without using a fork is just unimaginable, forks weren’t even introduced to the pilgrims until ten years later and it was not a popular utensil until the eighteenth century.
  • Thanksgiving is the reason behind TV dinners: In 1953, Swanson had a lot of extra turkeys (260 tons to be exact) that was when a salesman who didn’t want them to go to waste, said that they should package it into aluminum trays and include things like sweet potatoes, and hey presto, the very first TV dinner was born.
  • Thanksgiving was almost a fast, not a feast, as the early settlers gave their thanks by praying and abstaining from any food, which was what they had originally planned celebrating their first harvest, that was until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and turned their fast into a three-day feast.
  • Every year, the President of the U.S. pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner – The first pardon ceremony of a turkey started with President Truman in 1947. President Barack Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey that was called Courage, who flew him over to Disneyland and served as a Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Why was Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November? President Abraham Lincoln had begun the tradition of Thanksgiving being on the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt made the decision to move it up a week, he thought that it would help the shopping season during the Great Depression era, but it never caught on, so he changed it back two years later, to the original fourth Thursday in November.
  • In 1924 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began, with around 400 employees marching from Convent Avenue to 145th Street in New York City. There were no balloons of any sort there, instead, this parade consists of only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Wild turkeys can only run 20 miles per hour, but only when they are scared. Domesticated turkeys, that are bred are much heavier and can’t run as fast.
  • Turkeys are not the cause for drowsiness or putting you into the dreaded food coma. Scientists say that it is the extra glass of wine you have, along with the high-calorie meal or it could be because you’re relaxing after having a barbaric work schedule that’s more likely to make you feel drowsy.
  • Watching football became a Thanksgiving tradition from 1920 ever since the NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games, ever since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on this day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.

13 Fun Facts about Turkeys

  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.
  • Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle. In a letter to his daughter, he proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.. 22 million on Christmas and 19 million is consumed at Easter.
  • Turkeys lived more than ten million years ago.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
  • In 2012, 253,500,000 turkeys were produced in the U.S.
  • Campbell’s soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook about 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream mushroom soup.
  • Turkeys can see movement almost 100 yards away.
  • Male turkeys (called tom) gobble. Female turkeys (called hen) make a clicking noise.
  • Baby turkeys goes through name stages during their growth. A baby turkeys are called poult. A sixteen week old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old is called a young roaster, a yearling is a one year old, and from fifteen months and older is called mature.
  • 200 hundred years ago in England turkeys were walked to market in herds. They wore booties on their feet to protect them. Turkeys were also walked to market in the United States.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all and thank you for taking the time to stop by and reading my blog. See you all next week!

25 Bonfire Quotes

Hi everyone I hope you all are doing okay. As you all know we have now begun lockdown for the second time. To be honest if we had all been put into lockdown as soon as the pandemic started we would not be in the state we see ourselves in today. Instead we would be looking forward to Christmas coming up and spending it with our families, but instead our future is uncertain.

Quotes of the Night

Bonfire night is here once again… I thought that I would do for todays post, about bonfire quotes with one or two firework quotes thrown in for good measures. This years 5th of November is going to be so different from the one’s we have every other year, where you would go to firework events that’s going on up and down the country and in the rest of the world. This year however is going to be a more quieter night.

“The flames of the luau bonfire burned brightly. Sparks flew into the sky and disappeared before they reached the stars above. Near the horizon, the moon was large and round and flawless as porcelain.” Victoria Kahler, 

 “As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes.” Terence McKenna

Love doesn’t spurt up like an instant bonfire, consuming all reason, it flickers and falters, and sometimes almost goes out. The fact that it doesn’t go out, despite all the rain that fall on it that’s love. V.C. Andrews

“We all have fireworks within us, ready to explode. Aim high for the sky, shine bright and when you’re at the top, share the moment to inspire others.” Author Arnold Henry

 “Most fires crackle and pop, but that’s not really the fire talking, it’s the wood. To hear the fire itself you need a huge blaze like this one, a furnace so powerful it roars with its own wind. I crouched as close as I dared and listened to its voice, a whispered howl of joy and rage.” Dan Wells, 

“Everything that had happened was shockingly beautiful, enough to make you crazy.” Banana Yoshimoto

“We shall go wild with fireworks… And they will plunge into the sky and shatter the darkness.” Natsuki Takaya

“Desire is a bonfire that burns with greater fury, asking for more fuel.” Sathya Sai Baba

“A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it’s easy to keep the flame burning.” Zachary Taylor 

“Laughter is the fireworks of the soul. Josh Billings

 “Love is who you are. Your true self is pure love, infinite awareness, and unbounded joy…As you realize this, you will feel a small light in your heart. At first it will be the size of a spark, then a candle flame, then a raging bonfire.” Deepak Chopra

 “You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.” Josemaria Escriva

“Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter.”  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! See you all next week…

Anniversary Poem

Hi everyone, welcome to this week’s blog. I thought that I would share with you a poem that I have dedicated to my husband, as it is our wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Every girl wishes to one day marry the man of her dreams, their prince charming. Someone that treats them as equals. I never thought it was possible until I met the man that I would spend the rest of my life with. The man of my dreams.

To My husband

To my husband, I must confess,
That I have been so blessed,
From the moment we first met,
Our fate was already set.

Our eyes met,
From across the room,
With your smile so wide,
You had me hypnotized.

The best day of my life,
Was when I stood by your side,
I just beamed with pride,
When I became your wife.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. See you next week…

Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone, hope you are keeping safe after the disastrous week, we’ve all been having with storm Ciara causing chaos and destruction up and down the country. My heart goes out to all those that have lost there homes and place of business.

Valentine’s Day as come around once again. It is day that is for everyone, not just for those that are already in a romantic entanglement. You never know what the day may bring, for you could be about to embark on a new romance, or you might find the answer behind the mystery valentine card that you received. Love can come all year round, but this day is full of romance, mystery and finding out who is your secret admirer, it gives some the courage to say how they feel, and you never know you might find your true love along the way,

February 14 may be the most romantic day of the year, but there is much more to this holiday than just that. When the Roman Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage in 270 AD, but Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women. It had to be all done in secret, so that the Emperor never found out. Even though it was traditional that men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as this was a sign of good luck and a start to a “blooming” relationship. Today we continue to celebrate love on February 14, the day that Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, to the more modern chocolate and teddy bears.

Here are a few facts about Valentine’s Day that will enlighten you to what this day really means.

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • The first valentine was sent in the 15th century. The oldest record of a valentine being sent, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.”
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
  • Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines. People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the “Mother of the American Valentine,” Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine’s Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
  • The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,
  • The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. According to Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Medium reports. According to CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular…
  • Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women. Only 73% are men.
  • 13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, from the character from Romeo and Juliet. Volunteers from the Juliet club respond to each letter and awards the “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the author of the most romantic letter.
  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
  • The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
  • The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
  • The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

5 Flowers Searched The Most For Valentine’s Day

There are five flowers that are searched the most for valentine’s Day, but before you go out and spend your money on the flowers make sure you know what the intended person likes, as you don’t want any awkward moments on a day that is full of romance.

Valentine’s Roses

There is no surprise that roses came top of the list for being the number one searchable flower. Roses are associated with romance, passion and beauty so its no surprise that their are over 51% of people who tend to buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. There are 150 different ones for you to choose from, that is bound to fit your valentine’s taste.

Carnations

Carnations are right behind roses in the popularity contest, it is likely down to their affordable price, and feminine style. It is a good pick for any new relationship that as just started, or at their early stages. Carnations have multiple choices of different colours for you to choose from, so you are certain to find one to fit your valentine’s style.

Valentine’s Lilies

Whether it is red, pink, white or orange, lilies they are an ideal choice for a more elegant and sophisticated recipient, you cannot go wrong with lilies as they have a variety of colours to choose from, Casa Blanca lilies are for a more dramatic effect, that surely please someone with a refined taste.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is also known by two other names, Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, it is a popular flower choice for this holiday. The buds are a fitting selection to have in a bouquet as they compliment the other flower buds nicely, particularly red and pink roses and the lavender waxflower. They are one of the longest lasting cuts of flowers, that have multiple blooms per stem. They signify devotion, which makes them a good choice for that special person in your life.

Valentine’s Tulips

Tulips are still an excellent choice of flower to give to a special valentine, even though they appear to have a simpler appearance to them.  You have a multitude of colors to choose from, that would fit in with your valentine’s taste, also red tulips are away of signifying your declaration of love, making this the perfect choice for this holiday.

Thank you for stopping by. See you next week!