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Thanksgiving: Myths and Facts

36In 1620 a group of English settlers left for North America on a ship called the Mayflower. They arrived around 1621 and set up camp in a tiny settlement they called Plymouth, which later became to first permanent settlement in what is now New England. This is a story that all school children learn each year and can usually recite at the drop of a hat. But there are some lesser known myths and facts that may intrigue you more.

Here are some fun and lighthearted Thanksgiving myths and facts!

Myth: The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 and became a tradition.

Fact: The first feast was not named by the colonists and was not repeated as an official national holiday until the 1840s. To them, giving thanks in such a way would have been religious, and they would have went to church. The first celebration was very secular and the settlers would not have thought otherwise.

Myth: The original Thanksgiving meal took place the fourth Thursday in November.

Fact: The date of the original feast is not known. What is known is that it happened sometime between September 21 and November 11 and was three days long. The original event was based on English harvest festivals that occurred around the end of September. They simply brought the tradition with them.

Myth: The Pilgrims dressed in black and wore buckles on their hats, clothes, and shoes.

Fact: Buckles were not a part of fashion until much later in the 1600s, and plain colors like black and white were only worn on Sunday and to various formal events like weddings. In fact, women wore brightly colored dresses and men wore a mixture of beiges, browns, blacks and deep greens.

We’d like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving this year!



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