First Thanksgiving

Prince Mauricio

When is the Thanksgiving?

Reality: During the first winter in 1621, 46 of the 102 pilgrims died.

Myth: During the first winter in 1620, 56 of the 101 pilgrims died.

About Thanksgiving

Reality:More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

Myth: More than 50 years later, President Barack Obama declared the final Friday in October as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1948.

Thanksgiving around the country

Reality:Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade.

Myth: Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his fifth appearance in the 2003 parade.

Reality:Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Myth:Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the Australlia as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Reality:The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622.

Myth:The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1639, floods in 1614, and plagues in 1604 and 1632.