A Few Things We’re Thankful for this Holiday Season (and some turkey-day trivia too!)
It’s that time of year again – where we count our blessings and enjoy the company of friends and family. We here at Pro Marine also want to take this moment to Thank You – our Loyal Epoxy Pro Customers for a wonderful 2019 – and wish you a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!
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Did You Know?
Thanks to Taylor Murphy for her column on GoodHousekeeping.com titled, ‘Quirky Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to Impress Your Friends,’ while “Thanksgiving traditionally revolves around family and food,” she also notes that, “it’s important to remember how the holiday actually started, as well as the exciting ways we celebrate it today.” She notes that:
- The first Thanksgiving was actually a three-day Celebration - In November 1621, the settlers' first corn harvest proved successful and Governor William Bradford invited the Plymouth colonists' Native American allies to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Members of the Wampanoag tribe came bearing food to share and as they joined the Pilgrims, the revelers decided to extend the affair.
- It’s unclear if Colonists and Native Americans ate turkey at their feast - However, they did indulge in other interesting foodslike lobster, seal, and swan. The Wampanoag even brought five deer to the feast, so if you also enjoy venison at your autumn table, consider yourselves right in line with a longstanding tradition.
- Today, a part of Plymouth, Massachusetts, looks just as it did in the 17th Century - Modeled after an English village and a Wampanoag home site, the historic attraction Plymouth Plantationstays true to its historic roots.
- A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners - In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys(260 tons, to be exact). To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas took inspiration from the prepared foods served on airplanes. He came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas, and sweet potatoes to round out the meal. The 98-cents meals were a hit, especially with kids and increasingly busy households. Within one year, over 10 million were sold, and a whole industry was born.
- About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year - Thanksgiving without turkeywould be like Christmas without a tree, and most American families consider it equally blasphemous.
So, when we’re through stuffing the turkey, and ourselves, and enjoying friends, family and football – keep in mind how all this revelry began – and be sure to give thanks!