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Unlike some holidays such as New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July when people traditionally go out somewhere to celebrate, Thanksgiving is most commonly celebrated at home, with family and friends. This is one of the things I like best about Thanksgiving–I get to share wonderful traditions with those closest to me.
These Thanksgiving traditions and trivia include well-known traditions and little-known trivia about the Thanksgiving Day holiday. They are presented to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of Thanksgiving. Consider sharing these ideas, stories, and trivia with your friends and family during the Thanksgiving holiday.
In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. But did you know that seven other nations also celebrate an official Thanksgiving Day? Those nations are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia, and Switzerland.
According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn. In the year 1621, they did celebrate a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest. But this feast most people refer to as the first Thanksgiving was never repeated.
Oddly enough, most devoutly religious pilgrims observed a day of thanksgiving with prayer and fasting, not feasting. Yet even though this harvest feast was never called Thanksgiving by the pilgrims of 1621, it has become the model for the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States.
• 1541 – Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led a thanksgiving celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon, West Texas.
• 1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 800 settlers gathered for a meal with the Timucuan Indians in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Florida.
• 1621 – Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
• 1630 – Settlers observed the first Thanksgiving of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England on July 8, 1630.
• 1777 – George Washington and his army on the way to Valley Forge, stopped in blistering weather in open fields to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.
• 1789 – President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.”
• 1800s – The annual presidential thanksgiving proclamations ceased for 45 years in the early 1800s.
• 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition of Thanksgiving proclamations in 1863. Since this date, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
• 1941 – President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
When you hear the phrase “harvest table” it brings to mind fall, pumpkins, cornucopias, Pilgrims, tables laden with seasonal foods, and a large gathering of people. In America the harvest table started with the feasts Pilgrims planned as a fall harvest celebration. These feasts are most recognized as the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday.
By definition a harvest table as a narrow, long table with hinged drop leaves. The design style has changed through the years, but the table is usually at least 6 feet in length.
Farm tables, harvest tables, trestle table, rustic dining room tables — by any name, they are a gathering place — a place where we gather our family, pray for happiness, talk about the day, and share time with our friends. These tables carry a wonderfully rich tradition over time and in our hearts
Sign up NOW for Finders Keepers Antique Mall annual Apple Jack Flea Market September 15th -16th 9 to 5.
Large vendor spaces for only $25 with your early bird registration when you sign up before August 18th. After August 18th the cost is $40. We are seeking food, craft, junkies, small businesses and fun vendors of all types.
Come join the family fun at Finders Keepers Apple Jack Flea Market featuring, Face painting, bouncy house and clowns!
Apple Jack Festival is ranked in the Top 10 Fall Festivals in North America by the Society of American Travel Writers. Nebraska City’s 44-year-old apple harvest celebration is fun for the whole family!
Take part in the festivities all weekend long with an enormous parade showcasing 30 plus marching bands, a classic car show, the Apple Jack Fun Run/Walk, a quilt show, and an array of craft shows. Then head out to Arbor Lodge, Arbor Day Farm, and the Orchards to learn more about the harvest and to pick your own apples and stock up on all of the tasty apple treats! Apple Jam Carnival, one of the celebration’s highlights, includes midway games and mechanical rides!
This event is traditionally held the third weekend in September. September 15, and 16 in 2012.
Which one is the antique? Read below to be in the know!
Going on a hunt for that special piece? I don’t know about you, but I don’t keep my reference book in my back pocket and I surely don’t want to pull it out while negotiating a purchase either. So what are some clues that you can use that will help you spot a “Good-buy” or “Good-bye”? Here’s three easy tips!
• By the early 1900’s almost all backstamps / marks were inked on (printed). This fact alone will help you figure out the approximate age and whether you are merely buying a collectible or a true antique. If the backstamp was pressed into the item, there is a good chance that it is older. Yeah!
• If the backstamp does not include a “Made in” stamp, it was made before 1921. This is a direct result of the Stamp Act of 1921, where the country of origin became required on imports.
• Consider the glaze. Items that are 100+ years old are not perfect. Not only were they most likely hand crafted and have imperfections, the glaze does not last forever. If there is no crazing (tiny hairline irregular cracks in the glaze) whatsoever, that should be a red flag. True, there are exceptions but a general rule is that the item needs to look its age. Warning: Too much crazing can reduce the value of the item. You should also be wary of new items that are now fired with a crackle glaze that resembles crazing which will cover the piece. Don’t worry though, after you’ve seen a few you’ll be able to spot the difference like a pro!
Look at the two pieces in the above picture. Could you tell which one is the fake? If you thought the pretty Hull Vase was real…You are right!
Going along with our current Vintage Library display theme, we thought you might like to learn how to take care of your own vintage library!
Old books need to “breathe”. When locked away without ample moisture in the air, the natural materials become brittle. Pages of the book become easily torn and the bindings begin to break down. On the other extreme, too much moisture in the air can leave the book open to mold.
So, here are some tips to storing your books long term that will permit them to keep their value as well as preserving them.
• Do not store in basement or attic. Both these areas have “extremes” such as heat, cold and humidity.
• Store them upright making sure that they have support on each side whether that be from other books or a bookend.
• If the bookcase has an open back, do not put the bookshelf on an outer wall. If you have no choice, do not push the book all the way in. Moisture does come through the wall. You need some space so that the moisture can dissipate before reaching your books.
Polishing silver is time consuming, messy, and just not a lot of fun.
Here’s a few tricks you can use to minimize or slow down the process.
• Have a few pieces of chalk laying out wherever you store your silver. Whether it’s jewelry, flatware, or some other silver trinkets you might have, the chalk will absorb moisture which often causes silver to tarnish.
• Wrap silver pieces in tissue paper. This is good for your larger items that you only use on special occasions.
• Put small packets of silica gel in your jewelry box or flatware drawer. Often these packets can be found inside new shoes. You can also purchase Hydrosorbent Silica Gel from Cabelas.
• Make a sachet containing activated charcoal (available from pet stores). The charcoal acts as an “air scrubber” removing the sulphur from the air which will slow the tarnishing process. Place the sachet wherever you store your silver.