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We all love Thanksgiving here at The Estates Woodlands apartments. It’s the one holiday where eating a lot of food and taking a nap is an acceptable way to celebrate. Have you ever wondered why we have these traditions? Impress your family and friends with these fun facts this Thanksgiving and be prepared to (finally) be the favorite family member.

Thanksgiving now is quite different from before.

A lot of the traditions we celebrate for Thanksgiving are not present because they were celebrated during the first Thanksgiving. Historians say that there was no turkey on the menu. In fact, it would have mostly been seafood and venison. Additionally, there also wasn’t any pumpkin pies or mashed potatoes, since those are fairly recent culinary invention. Did you also know that there were no forks? The pilgrims weren’t introduced to knives until 10 years after the first Thanksgiving, and even then they weren’t popularized until the 18th century.

Thanksgiving was almost a fast.

The early settlers of the modern day United States were fleeing from religious persecution in Europe. As devout observers of these religions, these settlers believed that they gave thanks to God by fasting and praying. This was the plan to celebrate the first harvest in America, until the Wampanoag tribe decided to join them, which turned the fast into a three day feast.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924.

Everyone’s favorite parade is a fairly recent event that has just taken place in the last 100 years. Macy’s set up the parade as a celebration of their employees, and it has grown larger and larger since then into what is now one of the biggest parades in the world. With 400 employees marching in the first parade, they went from Convent Ave to 145th street in NYC. There weren’t any of the ginormous balloons that you know and love, but they were able to bring live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

There are all kinds of fun historical facts to learn about Thanksgiving, and this is just a taste. For more fun facts, check out this post to wow everyone you know. We hope you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving here in Magnolia, TX. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog!

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