Essential Guide to Thanksgiving 2023 – Facts & Traditions

Thanksgiving 2023 insights from historical myths to current trends, and everything in between. Dive into the holiday’s facets this Nov 23.

Discover the historical timeline and myths surrounding the first Thanksgiving and its journey to becoming a national holiday.
Explore what was traditionally eaten at the first Thanksgiving and how it compares to what we serve today.
Learn about the 2023 trends, from inflation-conscious meal planning to the most successful Thanksgiving movies.

The History and Myths of Thanksgiving

As the leaves change and the air cools, Americans gear up for a day of feasting, football, gratitude, and often, music that sets the tone for celebration. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, let’s delve into the elements that define this cherished holiday.

While many reminisce about the cozy origins of Thanksgiving from childhood tales, the true story isn’t as simple. The narrative of Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a peaceful meal in 1621 is riddled with inaccuracies. In fact, the Wampanoag tribe’s presence at the feast was a result of a misunderstanding rather than an invitation. Plus, not all Native Americans partake in the holiday celebrations.

When Did Thanksgiving Cement Its Place in History?

It was during the Civil War, in 1863, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday, aiming to unite a divided nation.

Thanksgiving Feast: Then and Now

Historical accounts suggest that turkey wasn’t the centerpiece at the inaugural feast. Instead, venison and an array of seafood graced the table, with the Wampanoag contributing the fruits of the harvest. It wasn’t until the turn of the 18th century that pumpkin pie became a Thanksgiving staple.

Thanksgiving in Modern Times

Fast forward to 2023, and we see a trend towards traditional meals with a keener eye on budgeting due to inflation. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and box office hits like Disney’s “Frozen” have also become part of the holiday’s modern fabric.

So as you prepare to gather around the table this year, remember the layers of history, myth, and tradition that contribute to the Thanksgiving we know today.

Marilyn Walters

Marilyn Walters is a seasoned news journalist with over two years of experience in the field. Known for her investigative reporting and insightful analysis, Marilyn has covered significant global events with an objective lens. Her relentless pursuit of truth and dedication to journalistic integrity have established her as a respected voice in today's dynamic news landscape.

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