Many places in the world celebrate a thanksgiving holiday. In the United States, we pause on the fourth Thursday of November to commemorate our founders and give thanks. The “first Thanksgiving” took place in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts to celebrate a good harvest. In 1789, President George Washington declared it a national holiday. The date shifted over time until December 26, 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress moving it from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday.
Thanksgiving dinner can be quite elaborate. Turkey is the most common main dish, and Thanksgiving is sometimes called “Turkey Day”. Bread stuffing, gravy, cranberries, and pumpkin pie are also traditional.
Wild Turkey – This Tom Turkey was posing in a field next to the road into Blue Cypress Lake. He was initially so still that we thought he might be a decoy. There were several more on the other side of the road.
Wild Turkeys were endangered in the early 1900s, but are common now throughout the US and in Florida. I’ve even seen some in my neighborhood (in Central Winds Park). They’re native to North America and the largest game bird on the continent. In the 16th Century, the major trade route from the Americas went through Constantinople in Turkey before going on to Britain. They associated the birds with the country Turkey and the name stuck.
I’m a very fortunate person and have much to be thankful for. I realize this and sometimes worry about the odds catching up with me. At the top of the list, of course are my family and my friends. What are you thankful for?
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – be thankful, have a great day, and go make some photos!
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