Once more it’s time to face the Thanksgiving challenge: stuffing not only a turkey, but also yourself! Will you make it through side dishes, turkey and pumpkin pie this year? And can you convince your family you only ever eat like this on holidays? The MyPostcard team is already looking forward to a long weekend filled with food, friends and family, because there is no better combination than that. This Thanksgiving we also want to give you a little background information, some fun facts and show you how to send lovely Thanksgiving Postcards with MyPostcard.
Where does Thanksgiving come from?
When Thanksgiving approaches, we think of falling asleep on the couch with a full belly, surrounded by family and friends, watching football. However, its origins can be traced way back, when people celebrated this day in quite a different way.
Back in the 1620s the Native Americans showed the Pilgrims, who came from England, how to grow corn, beans and squash as well as catch fish and collect seafood. After the Pilgrims had their first successful harvest, they invited the Native Americans and celebrated to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. There are always two sides to a story though: many Native Americans see this story as embellished and feel reminded of the conquest by colonists every year. At least one thing we can all agree on: They had a lot of yummy food, but Turkey was not on the menu for sure!
Weird traditions in the USA
Apart from the tradition to get together for a special meal, there are many other weird Halloween rituals in the USA.
One interesting ceremony is dating back to the 1940s. It became an annual tradition, that the president of the USA frees one lucky turkey, that is granted reprieve from its execution.
Another weird Thanksgiving event is offered by the Santa Barbara Zoo in California. Animal lovers are encouraged to come to the zoo and watch different animals interact with pumpkins. Perfect to have a smashin’ good time!
And of course there are also lots of food-related traditions: a pie eating contest in Colorado where you can’t use your hands, frozen Turkey bowling to combat smoking or running some kilometres dressed as a Turkey in order to win your Thanksgiving turkey.
A new tradition: Send Thanksgiving Postcards!
Hearing about the traditions, we can’t wait for Thanksgiving! And this year it might be time to get a little creative with your Thanksgiving cards. Can’t make it home on Thanksgiving? Hosting a dinner party and want to send invitations? Want to say ‘Thank you’ to someone for cooking the best Thanksgiving meal ever? The answer to any of these questions: no problem with MyPostcard. Whether you’re using our App or website, send your Thanksgiving cards with us this year. Our design shop has a wide range of Thanksgiving postcards to choose from. Of course you can also personalize cards with your own pictures! Let your loved ones know that you think of them or simply want to say ‘Thank you’ by sending a postcard this year.
Have a great Holiday and Happy Thanksgiving!