History UsefulNotes / ThanksgivingDay

23rd Mar '16 7:41:35 PM karstovich2
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Subsequent festivals of national thanksgiving to God were held at irregular intervals. UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, for instance, declared one to be held on the last Thursday of November, 1789, "acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." In the early 19th Century, New England novelist Sara Josepha Hale[[note]]also known for writing ''Mary had a Little Lamb''[[/note]] suggested that Americans needed to revive this tradition of giving thanks. In 1846, she started a letter-writing campaign advocating a national day of thanks. She wrote to anybody she thought could help: including Presidents UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore, UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. In 1863, seventeen years into Hale's campaign, President Lincoln declared one to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November, 1863, "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." The celebration has been repeated annually ever since, though UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt transferred the date of the celebration from the traditional final Thursday to the fourth Thursday of the month (usually the last Thursday, except on the occasion when there are five Thursdays in November).

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Subsequent festivals of national thanksgiving to God were held at irregular intervals. UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, for instance, declared one to be held on the last Thursday of November, 1789, "acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." In the early 19th Century, New England novelist Sara Josepha Hale[[note]]also known for writing ''Mary had a Little Lamb''[[/note]] suggested that Americans needed to revive this tradition of giving thanks. In 1846, she started a letter-writing campaign advocating a national day of thanks. She wrote to anybody she thought could help: including Presidents UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore, UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. In 1863, seventeen years into Hale's campaign, President Lincoln declared one to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November, 1863, "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." (Lincoln had a lot to be thankful for, given how the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar campaigns of 1863 had gone]].) The celebration has been repeated annually ever since, though UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt transferred the date of the celebration from the traditional final Thursday to the fourth Thursday of the month (usually the last Thursday, except on the occasion when there are five Thursdays in November).
29th Nov '15 4:47:19 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have. For some, Black Friday is too late, as retailers such as Wal-Mart are choosing to remain open on Thanksgiving Day in recent years.

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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', ''Film/ThePurge'' (or, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ4mnBWXJxk alternatively,]] a ZombieApocalypse), noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have. For some, Black Friday is too late, as retailers such as Wal-Mart Walmart are choosing to remain open on Thanksgiving Day in recent years.
years. Recently, the day has seen a backlash that's reached the stores themselves -- in 2015, the outdoor retail co-op REI [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/10/26/rei-closing-on-black-friday-for-first-time-in-its-history/74627872/ made headlines]] when it elected to close all of its stores on Black Friday, with full pay for all workers, to protest how out of control the day had gotten.
26th Nov '15 6:11:54 PM FordPrefect
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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[UsefulNotes/MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[UsefulNotes/MeltingPot a nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.
19th Nov '15 12:25:48 AM C2
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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have. For some, Black Friday is too late, as retailers such as Wal-Mart are choosing to remain on Thanksgiving Day in recent years.

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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have. For some, Black Friday is too late, as retailers such as Wal-Mart are choosing to remain open on Thanksgiving Day in recent years.
18th Nov '15 9:54:16 PM C2
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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have.

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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have.
have. For some, Black Friday is too late, as retailers such as Wal-Mart are choosing to remain on Thanksgiving Day in recent years.
7th Sep '15 1:03:41 PM nombretomado
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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[UsefulNotes/MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[UsefulNotes/MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in NewYorkCity, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.
29th Apr '15 6:31:14 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a Wal-Mart employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.''

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"Black Friday" has a more negative connotation for those working in retail, who dread this day with a passion. It's when ''everybody'' goes out shopping, many of them waking up at 3 a.m. to do so (or, in particularly insane instances, camping out overnight in the parking lot), waiting in obscenely long lines, and occasionally getting into fights, because most holiday gifts tend to run out of stock very quickly (toys and high-end electronics have been known to sell out ''within an hour''). If the name "Black Friday" sounds more ominous than the day deserves, note that in 2008, a Wal-Mart UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} employee got ''trampled to death'' right after ''unlocking the front doors.''
'' [[http://www.korsgaardscommentary.com/2014/11/black-friday-become-horror-movie.html Some]] have even called Black Friday a real-life version of ''Film/ThePurge'', noting the {{irony}} of one of America's crassest celebrations of consumerism falling mere hours after a holiday that's about people being thankful for what they have.
18th Jan '15 1:38:52 PM MarkLungo
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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[MeltingPot [[UsefulNotes/MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade]] in NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.
11th Dec '14 1:03:01 PM twilicorn
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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as the Macy's parade in NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving (nicknamed Turkey Day) involves going home to one's extended family and having an enormous dinner together, made up of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other such foods, followed by dessert, usually pumpkin pie and other pies. Since the US is [[MeltingPot nation of immigrants]], Americans from more recent immigrant backgrounds are likely to add in a large number of their traditional dishes, particularly festive ones, so expect (e.g.) a lasagna at an Italian-American Thanksgiving, tamales at a Mexican-American one, pierogis at a Polish one, brisket at a Jewish one, and so on (roast lamb in particular will appear in several traditions, including among Greek-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Armenian-Americans). The time not spent eating is spent either watching parades (some of which, such as [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade the Macy's parade parade]] in NewYorkCity, are famous for their enormous character balloons) or TV specials.
28th Aug '14 3:07:12 PM Prfnoff
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The Canadian holiday happens on the second Monday in October, but many of the traditions (a big meal, pumpkins, cornucopias, etc.) are shared. There are some differences, however: there aren't really any Canadian Thanksgiving parades (the only parade on Thanksgiving is actually supposed to be for {{Oktoberfest}}, which is around the same time); Thanksgiving is still considered quasi-religious in Canada, and since the holiday falls in October, the link with the end of the football season isn't really there, although there are usually two Canadian Football League games played that day as "Thanksgiving Classics," which usually involve nearby rivals, such as Toronto vs. Hamilton or Edmonton vs. Calgary.[[note]]For those unfamiliar with Canadian geography, Toronto and Hamilton are both in Ontario, in the central-eastern part of Canada, while Edmonton and Calgary are in Alberta in the west.[[/note]]

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The Canadian holiday happens on the second Monday in October, but many of the traditions (a big meal, pumpkins, cornucopias, etc.) are shared. There are some differences, however: there aren't really any Canadian Thanksgiving parades (the only parade on Thanksgiving is actually supposed to be for {{Oktoberfest}}, which is around the same time); Thanksgiving is still considered quasi-religious in Canada, and since the holiday falls in October, the link with the end of the football season isn't really there, although there are usually two Canadian Football League UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague games played that day as "Thanksgiving Classics," which usually involve nearby rivals, such as Toronto vs. Hamilton or Edmonton vs. Calgary.[[note]]For those unfamiliar with Canadian geography, Toronto and Hamilton are both in Ontario, in the central-eastern part of Canada, while Edmonton and Calgary are in Alberta in the west.[[/note]]
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